Insurance provider donates to memorial helipad

SKDT manager Eric Spence accepted the £6,451.62 donation. 
SKDT manager Eric Spence accepted the £6,451.62 donation. 

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NFU Mutual agents and their staff at the company’s Campbeltown branch recently nominated The Robert Black Memorial Helipad to receive a donation of £6,451.62 from a national £2 million fund.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, NFU Mutual insurers announced the £2 million fund in February to help frontline charities during 2021.

This follows £1 million of support delivered by NFU Mutual’s Agency Giving Fund in 2020, which helped charities across many sectors to keep their life-changing services going throughout the pandemic.

To ensure these donations reach all corners of the UK and are directed where they are needed most, NFU Mutual’s agents, with more than 300 offices nationwide, have been given the opportunity to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund.

Eric Spence, manager of South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT), which is responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the helipad, said: ‘We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from NFU Mutual which will allow us to manage and maintain the Robert Black Memorial Helipad over the coming years.

‘This is a vital lifeline service and will literally save lives by reducing transfer time for critical patients to and from hospitals in Glasgow. This donation will ensure that the helipad is able to be used as and when necessary all year round.

‘SKDT has supported the community throughout the pandemic and lockdowns. We took the lead in setting up the Kintyre Community Resilience Group which, working closely with other community groups including Shopper-Aide and Kintyre Food Bank, used volunteers to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens could continue to access the food and medicines they needed.

‘We also distributed more than 2,000 face masks, 4,000 bars of soap and 1,000 bottles of sanitiser to the population to ease the transition out of lockdown.’

Chris Husthwaite, agent for NFU Mutual in Campbeltown, said: ‘My team and I are happy to be able to support SKDT with the ongoing maintenance and management costs of the helipad with our share of NFU Mutual’s Agency Giving Fund.

‘The Robert Black Memorial Helipad will be an asset to our community for many years to come and is a fitting tribute to Robert.’