North East MSP Mike Rumbles is calling on local shoppers to show their support for a new community ambulance, which will help transport elderly and vulnerable patients to and from Portlethen Medical Centre, by voting for the local campaign in a Tesco’s charity competition.
Local volunteers have been working hard to raise the funds needed to buy the new ambulance, with money coming in from several community councils, Aviva, Newtonhill Common Good Fund, Milne Family Trust and a number of local businesses. One final push will hopefully see the group smash their funding target.
With the help of Mr Rumbles, the team of local campaigners are now calling on local residents to show their support by voting for ‘Portlethen and District Voluntary Community Ambulance’ in a Bags of Help Grant Scheme competition hosted by Tesco Newtonhill, this March and April.
Mr Rumbles said: “The community ambulance campaign could help save the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. It is a very worthwhile cause that I would like to see replicated by communities all across the North East.
“The next few months will be very important for the campaign, local volunteers have already raised thousands of pounds in support and winning the grant competition will see them well on the way to achieving their funding goal. I urge everyone in Portlethen and Newtonhill to get behind them and help them cross the finish line.
“I also want to thank all the other local campaigners and organisations taking part in the competition, who’s hard work has helped get them to where they are now. I wish them all the best in the future.”
Mr Colin Stratton, chair of the Portlethen Community Ambulance organisation, added: “I want to thank Mike for helping raise awareness about our campaign. We’ve had lots of support from organisations and communities across Portlethen and Newtonhill. Winning the Bags of Help competition would bring us very close to our target.
“Many patients and elderly and disabled people will benefit from having the new ambulance available when they require transport. Everything is run locally, by volunteers, and the service will be available for anyone within the Portlethen surgery catchment area.”
Mrs Lyn King, Practice manager at Portlethen Group Practice, said: “The community ambulance provides a vital local service to the community and helps transport vulnerable patients who have difficulty getting to and from the Medical Centre.
“People all across in Portlethen, Newtonhill, Muchalls and surrounding area have been extremely generous and they have kept the project going for decades. Their support in the final round of the Bags of Help campaign could make all the difference and secure the future of the association for years to come.”
Notes for Editors:
- Portlethen Community Ambulance: http://portlethen-ambulance.co.uk/index.html
- The Portlethen Community Ambulance application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and the project will be put forward to a customer vote in the Tesco store at Newtonhill during March and April 2018. They are one of 3 groups who have reached this stage of the competition.
· Contact Colin Stratton (Chairperson: Portlethen Community Ambulance) at: 78 Mosside Drive, Portlethen, Aberdeen AB12 4NY