Motorcyclist James Millar owes his life to an air ambulance helicopter crew. He was involved in a horrific road traffic collision near Killin three years ago when a driver pulled across his path. He suffered two cardiac arrests at the scene as well as a catalogue of serious injuries.
Thanks to the air ambulance service, he was taken rapidly to hospital by helicopter where he remained for 31 days in either the High Dependency Unit or Intensive Care being treated for his injuries.
This week, James handed over a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of Motorcycle Law Scotland (MLS) to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) to support all the work they do in getting injured motorcyclists like him to hospital as quickly as possible.
James said: “There is what’s called the ‘golden hour’ which is critical to the wellbeing of the victims of road traffic collisions and I know that I would not be around today if it were not for services such as those provided by SCAA.
“MLS do a lot of fundraising for SCAA and when I found out, I wanted to hand over the cheque to show my appreciation. I also hope that it acts as a reminder to others of how vital their service is. I’m standing here right now, but it could have been so very different for me.”
SCAA has attended 340 Road Traffic Collisions since the service launched in 2013. Of those, 114 involved motorcyclists (33.5%) - accounting for 8% of all the aircraft's emergency responses.
SCAA Chief Executive David Craig said: "We are very grateful to MLS and to James for their donation. SCAA relies 100% on funds from the public and this will contribute to the daily life-saving work of the charity. Road traffic collisions represent a high proportion of all our call-outs and the ongoing support we receive from the motorcycling community is tremendous in helping to fund our work."
Accident survivor James Millar (left) and MLS Director Rod Mitchell present their cheque for £1,000 to SCAA paramedics Wendy Jubb and Craig McDonald.