Nationwide support for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance service

Ronnie Keir hands over the cheque to SCAA's Sally Cameron.
Ronnie Keir hands over the cheque to SCAA's Sally Cameron.

Forfar Nationwide branch manager Ronnie Keir was one of six senior staff members from the company’s northern division to scale Ben Nevis for charity.

The fund-raising group climbed Scotland’s highest mountain - Ben Nevis - spurred on by support from colleagues and customers backing Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

SCAA collection cans featured in nine branches of Nationwide from Perth to Inverness and staff held special fund-raising awareness events as their six colleagues scaled the 1,344-metre peak resulting in a tremendous £4,227.74 for the country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance.

The Perth Airport based frontline life-saving operation was launched at the end of May and has already responded to over 180 time-critical emergencies across Scotland.

Ronnie, who is currently seconded to the Dundee branch, explained why the hillclimbing novices decided to push themselves for SCAA.

He said: “We’re all part of the same Nationwide district management team and we wanted to raise money for a charity which would benefit people right across our operational area in Scotland.

“SCAA is proving an invaluable resource available for anyone, at any time, anywhere across our operational region, so it was the perfect fit for our fund-raising effort.”

The hardy half-dozen fought off aching limbs and exhaustion to encourage one another to the summit of Ben Nevis where they enjoyed glorious views on a rare clear day.

“We completed the climb in three hours, ten minutes which we were very pleased with,” said Ronnie.

“We were thrilled to reach the top all together and the sense of achievement was just amazing. It was worth all the aches and pains afterwards to achieve our goal and know we were supporting such a great charity.”