A North Sea oil firm has donated £2,500 to help bring Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to the north-east.
SCAA committed to making the Granite City its base for a second helicopter last November – after a campaign supported by The Press and Journal.
Now Premier Oil has stepped in to offer its support to bringing the service to the region.
The charity-funded emergency air ambulance service has been scrambled more than 2,070 times since launching in 2013.
This year alone, its crew – based at Perth Airport – has responded to hundreds of emergencies.
SCAA plans to launch its second life-saving helicopter in Aberdeen by March next year.
Paul Williams, UK business unit manager with Premier, said the company recognised the vital lifeline offered by air ambulances.
“Premier is proud to support Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s (SCAA) fundraising efforts for a second helicopter which will be based in Aberdeen – ideally placed to support the more remote and rural areas of the north and north-east of Scotland,” he said.
“SCAA provides a vital service to the population of Scotland and their fast response increases significantly a patient’s chance of survival.”
“We are delighted to support this worthwhile cause.”
Nick Harvey, SCAA’s director of fundraising, said it was “tremendous” that Premier had chosen to support its life-saving service.
He said: “Launching our second helicopter in Aberdeen is a big step for the charity and support from companies such as Premier can make a real impact on our fundraising.”