THE NEW ambassador for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, James Gray-Cheape, gave a talk to the Forfar Rotary Club on his new ambassadorial role for S.C.A.A. at their recent meeting.
The businessman was appointed the country’s first volunteer regional ambassador for the charity at the beginning of March this year.
James’ appointment marked the first step in creating a nationwide network of ambassadors to promote the life-saving frontline service.
James (44) returned to Scotland after serving eight years in The Queen’s Own Highlanders followed by a successful entrepreneurial business career in Africa and Eastern Europe.
As chairman of a thriving international transportation and logistics company, James is able to operate from his Angus home and is delighted to devote time to the fledgling new charity.
It is hoped that Rotary in Scotland, as well as the general public, will soon get to know that S.C.A.A stands for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.
The Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance helicopter will serve all of Scotland and its islands and is a genuine national resource.
The key priority is that it can quickly reach most remote areas of the country and its central location in Perth achieves that.
The Golden Hour is most important in the treatment of casualties and this critical time frame of the first 60 minutes can only be achieved by air ambulance rather than by road.
The chances of a successful outcome are greatly enhanced if medics can get to patients and work with them in their recovery at the earliest opportunity.
Imagine the difference if say an emergency situation arose in Glenshee and needed to be treated in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
The time difference by road is well outside the Golden Hour but well inside it if an air ambulance is available.
The charity helicopter will be crewed by two Scottish Ambulance Service air ambulance paramedics.
President Tim Hale was able to confirm the Forfar Rotary Club is to donate a total of £500 to the Perth Airport-based Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance – a new charity that aims to launch the country’s first charity funded helicopter air ambulance.
James and some friends are to do the Three Peaks Challenge this year to raise funds and the Rotary wish him well with that. It’s quite a serious bit of walking as some Forfar Rotarians know from personal experience.