New Community Ambulance

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A north-east voluntary group has launched its new ambulance.

Portlethen and District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association Chairman Noreen Harding said: “We took delivery of our new minibus on March 23 and are absolutely delighted with it.”

The vehicle 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.

Mrs Harding said: “We have been running a community ambulance in this area for 28 years now.

“The vehicle needs to be replaced every three years once it has covered between 40,000 and 45,000 miles. Its safer this way and keeps maintenance costs down.

“This has been a major challenge for the volunteers. I am delighted with the support received from the community, from local companies and oil companies from Aberdeen and nearby.

“Our major donors have been Apache Oil Company and the Big Lottery Awards for All.“

The Ambulance was launched on Saturday by Ian McLeod, President of Portlethen Rotary Club, an ex Treasurer and voluntary driver.

For the full story and picture of te new ambulance pick up the mearns Leader in shops from Thursday 26.