FORFAR businessman James Gray-Cheape has been appointed the country’s first volunteer regional ambassador for Scotland’s Air Charity Ambulance (SCAA).
The national charity will provide Scotland with its first charity funded air ambulance helicopter, based at Perth Airport.
James’ appointment marks 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.
He said: “The capability to get injured and seriously ill people to specialist medical and surgical care as quickly as possible is something I wholeheartedly support.
“Scotland’s charity-funded air ambulance will operate alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service’s two Government-funded helicopters and provide resilience and flexibility to the benefit of everyone in Scotland.
“No one knows when tragedy or mishap may strike and a helicopter air ambulance becomes the best chance of survival.”