Ambulance appeal

MEMBERS of the Young at Heart Group, Portlethen.
MEMBERS of the Young at Heart Group, Portlethen.

A North-east voluntary group is appealing for funds to replace its community ambulance.

Portlethen and District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association chairman Noreen Harding said: “We have received some donations but we need a further £13,000.”

The vehicle – a minibus – is used primarily to take residents to and from the Portlethen medical centre. It is mainly for the elderly but is available for anyone in need of transport.

“We have been running a community ambulance for 27 years now, “said Mrs Harding. “The vehicle needs to be replaced every three years once it has covered between 40,000 and 45,000 miles.

“This is a major challenge for the volunteers. I am delighted with the support received so far, but we are still some £13,000 short.

“We have received grants so far from Newtonhill Common Good Fund; North Kincardine Rural Community Council; Newtonhill, Muchalls and Cammachmore Community Council; Charles Michie; Portlethen Rotary Club; and Roemex from Badentoy industrial estate in Portlethen.

“Apache North Sea has also given us a generous donation of £6000, the equivalent of a year’s running costs. It was the first company to offer assistance.”

The association has a pool of drivers who give their time both to ferry residents and to deliver prescriptions to those who find it difficult to get to the medical centre.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said: “The association members are drawn from all across the community and deserve all the support they can get. It is a very worthwhile cause - and a previous winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”

Mrs Harding can be contacted on 01569 730420.