Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is expanding its lifesaving service, thanks to a Heroes Trust Award from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The £300,000 award is to be split equally to support both the charity's existing air ambulance service based at Perth Airport and its planned second helicopter resource to be launched at Aberdeen within the next 12 months.

SCAA Chief Executive David Craig said the award would prove to be a lifesaver.

"We're so grateful that People's Postcode Lottery recognises the vital work SCAA does throughout the whole of Scotland and has granted us this amazing Heroes Trust Award to support both our existing and future operations."

SCAA is Scotland's only charity-funded emergency air ambulance service and has proved an integral and vital part of the emergency response network since its launch in 2013.

Funding Vital Equipment

To date, the lifesaving crew has responded to more than 2,050 time-critical emergencies in every corner of the country.

The Heroes Trust Award will fund lifesaving onboard equipment for the existing helicopter - callsign Helimed 76 - including an extreme weather care package featuring a shelter to protect both patients and crew, heat pads and Alpine thermal blankets.

The £150,000 dedicated to the proposed Helimed 79 operation at Aberdeen will help recruit and initially fund a new crew to take forward the north east-based operation.

Hazel Johnstone, Senior Programmes Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "We are so pleased that this funding will help support lifesaving missions across rural Scotland. The team at Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance are heroes and it's fitting that they will be receiving an award from Postcode Heroes Trust."

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The £300,000 award will help SCAA services in Perth and Aberdeen

"This support will help SCAA build an expanded lifesaving service serving people in most need through illness or injury across the whole of Scotland."

David Craig, Chief Executive at Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance