Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) marked the start of National Volunteers' Week 2018 with a visit from Deputy First Minister John Swinney at a special coffee morning at the airbase for their volunteers.
Mr Swinney, who is also SCAA HQ's local MSP, commented on the amazing work carried out by the charity's volunteers before presenting them with certificates of achievement.
Mr Swinney said that as a long-term supporter of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, he was delighted to be invited along to meet its volunteers.
“The service provided by SCAA is of paramount importance and I pay tribute to the extraordinary work of their heroic volunteers," he said.
“National Volunteers’ Week offers us all an opportunity to recognise the dedication of those who choose to give their time and energy to others. It is only right that we celebrate their hard work, and let volunteers across Scotland know how valued they are.
"People's lives are being saved as a consequence of what you do," he told SCAA volunteers. "Everyone in the country is so grateful to you all for what you do."
SCAA Chief Executive David Craig added:
"We have over 80 active volunteers who give thousands of hours each year to help SCAA not only run efficiently and effectively but also to secure a wider public profile through events and presentations.
"We are grateful that Mr Swinney recognises the worth of this unsung band of heroes and has joined us to mark the start of National Volunteer Week and thank those involved with our life-saving service."