Scotmid donates £25,000 to St Andrew's First Aid, Scotland's only dedicated first aid charity. this funding boost has made it possible for the organisation to invest in 125 brand new uniforms. This generous donation comes at a time when first aid provision is growing increasingly important in the light of previous social-distancing restrictions being lifted.
St Andrew's First Aid have a long-standing relationship with the Scottish community retailer. The organisation delivers First Aid at events and communities every day and everywhere in Scotland, and their volunteers provide free First Aid talks and demonstrations to community groups in their local area. Each year, St Andrew’s First Aid teaches vital life-saving techniques to over 20,000 people across the country; the charity passionately believes that First Aid is a vital life-skill that everyone should have so that together we can save lives.
Thanks to Scotmid's generous donation, the new uniforms will help properly kit and equip their volunteers at a time when large scale sporting and music events are making a return. There will be a great influx in demand for first aid volunteers, and these uniforms will help people be able to quickly and easily identify St Andrew's First Aid volunteers at events. They will also provide a sense of comfort and confidence to attendees of events who will feel safer knowing that there is visible first aid support on site, should they need it. Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, said:
“Scotmid’s continued support is invaluable in helping us to properly kit out and equip our volunteers. Our volunteers play a vital role at events and it is so important for people to be able to seek them out should their skills be required. We are very grateful to Scotmid for this donation and value their commitment to supporting our charity as we look to keep the public safe.”
Harry Cairney, Scotmid President, said:
“As a community retailer, we are continually looking for ways we can support charities that share our values. St Andrew’s First Aid’s highly skilled volunteers give up their time to provide a vital service to the public and step in when they need it most...We are thrilled to be able to continue our support and are proud to see volunteers wearing their new uniforms.”