“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 land ambulance crew tended her injuries, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance was flying to the scene.

“I was so pleased to see Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance arrive. The crew was lovely - so attentive and comforting. I was frightened and worried and they put me at my ease and made sure I was comfortable and pain free.”

A rapid 12 minute flight took Patricia to hospital and she is well on the way to making a full recovery.

“The people of Scotland should cherish this new service and give them all the support they can. I never expected to need a service like SCAA but I’m so glad they were there for me. Who knows who will need them next but it’s up to all of us to ensure they’re there when that time comes.”