Funding boost for charity air ambulance

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance chief executive David Craig, left, with Stuart Gray, events director at Knockhill.
Scottish Charity Air Ambulance chief executive David Craig, left, with Stuart Gray, events director at Knockhill.

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Air ambulances are a familiar and reassuring sight in the skies around the West Highlands and a lot of fundraising work goes into keeping them flying.

Knockhill Racing Circuit, the popular motor sport venue which attracts around 175,000 visitors each year, has already raised £5,500 online for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and is gearing up to raise funds for them again this season.

Stuart Gray, director of events at Knockhill, said: ‘Eighteen months ago we introduced optional giving at checkout on our website and set a £5,000 target. We have now raised more than £5,500 which is fantastic.

‘We have been supporting SCAA in kind for several years with promotional material in our events programmes, stands and bucket collections at events and ticket and memorabilia donations for fundraising events.’

Knockhill Racing Circuit chose SCAA as its charity after one of its employees was airlifted to hospital following an accident on the A9.

‘The speed he was airlifted to hospital care undoubtedly saved his life,’ said Mr Gray.

Nick Harvey, director of fundraising and communications at SCAA, said the charity was ‘hugely grateful’ for Knockhill and the racing community’s ongoing support.

‘SCAA relies entirely on public donations and Knockhill’s fundraising will literally help save lives,’ he said. ‘Drivers and motorcyclists understand the vital role an air ambulance plays when things go horribly wrong on our roads and their support will help ensure SCAA is there for those most in need anywhere in Scotland.’