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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance launched on 22nd May 2013. From our base at Perth Airport we are well positioned geographically to reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. We are also ideally placed to reach some of Scotland’s remotest areas within a 15 to 30 minute timeframe. We fly to time-critical emergencies across Scotland and rely 100% on donations from our supporters to ensure we are there when needed.

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* includes 271 callouts in our Rapid Response Vehicle.

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  • Allan
    1000th Callout

    A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

    The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a hillwalker was experiencing severe c...

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    When Martin Yarrow (58) lost control of his paraglider during launch, he was unlucky to be thrown face down on to a rock and lose consciousness. Unable to control his paraglider wing, he was at the mercy of the wind as it repeatedly lifted then dropped him on to the jagged rock outcrops until it eventually became airborne. Martin - injured and hanging limp in his harness – flew off away from, Cairnwell at Gl...

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    “It all happened in a flash. A deer ran out in front of the car and I just swerved reflexively. The next thing I knew I had careered through the hedge and was rolling down a steep slope. I managed to crawl out of the wreckage and stagger to get help at a nearby cottage.”

    What Patricia didn’t know was that she had badly injured her arm and the nearest hospital was around two hours away. As a la...

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    Solicitor Frances McAulay (58) had never experienced pain like it.
    As she lay on the ground after falling from her horse she started to panic.
    “The pain was excruciating and I couldn’t breath,” she recalled. “I thought that I was going to die - I just couldn’t get my breath and I was terrified.”
    The fall near her home in Kinross-shire saw Frances crash onto a concrete ...

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    As a former employee of the Coastguard service, Anne-Marie (48) is used to summoning helicopters in medivac situations. But the last thing she expected when she set out for her weekly riding lesson was that SCAA would be called on to airlift her after a serious fall.

    “I fell off at the canter and landed straight onto my left arm snapping and displacing the humerus bone. A land ambulance crew was quickly o...

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UK 3 Peaks Challenge 2018

UK 3 Peaks Challenge 2018

Scotland/England/WalesEvent Location
7th - 9th Sept 2018Event date & Time

From the scenic Glen Nevis Valley to the picturesque Snowdonia National Park, join us for one all mighty trekking challenge as we take on the UK’s giants on this classic 3 Peaks Challenge!

We’ll take on Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Mount Snowdon (1,085m) and aim to summit all three in a total trekking time of 15 hours or less. You’ll climb around 3,050 meters and have walked approx. 40km, so grit and determination are vital to...

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Corporate fundraising


Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance relies totally on the support of Trusts, Individuals and Companies to survive. If your company would like to get involved by supporting our life-saving work there are various options available.

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Win prizes! Save lives! Sign up to our lottery today.

The lottery is a fun way to support our essential service. For just £1 a week you have the chance to win the weekly top prize of up to £1,000 tax free and help us respond to time-critical emergencies across Scotland.

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Individual fundraising


There are a wide variety of ways that you as an individual can make a difference, from a Credit or Debit Card Donation or regular Direct Debit to In Memory Collections and Tribute Funds. Click below to find out more about how you can help keep us flying.

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At SCAA we value our volunteers and they are part of the team that keeps our helicopter flying. We need voluntary help for a wide range of tasks so if this sounds this sounds like something that could be of interest then please get in touch – we would love to hear from you. Click through to see the different opportunities we have available.

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance unveils new road based life-saver

1452001884P1020687.JPG Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance paramedics have taken to the road in their new upgraded Rapid Response Vehicle, with an emergency involving a choking baby being their first mission in the hi-viz transport.The Skoda Octavia 4 x 4 replaces the previous Kia Sportage which has become a familiar sight at emergencies within a five-mile radius of the air base.The RRV - which has been a part of SCA… Read more →

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance checks out new tartan

1448890924P1020625.JPG Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is marking St Andrew’s Day by unveiling the country’s newest corporate tartan. The new tartan has been designed to honour the life-saving crew of Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance and the people behind the running of the service.Designed by leading expert Brian Wilton MBE and donated by the Scottish Tartans Auth… Read more →

Britain’s last Bolkow helicopter air ambulance prepares to fly into history

1443798934news.JPG For nearly 30 years the feisty little Bolkow 105 helicopter has proved a mainstay in the delivery of air ambulance services across the UK and beyond.But now the aircraft that pioneered helicopter air ambulance services in Scotland with Bond Air Services is preparing to fly into history.The country is poised to say farewell to the very last Bolkow in British HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Servi… Read more →


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