Sandpiper shares proceeds from clay shoot

Two vital services in Tayside and Perthshire have been boosted by Angus gamekeepers who have raised nearly £4000 to help provide support to children and families.

Staff from Glenogil Estate decided to host a charity clay shoot in aid of Tayside Children’s Hospital after Head Gamekeeper Danny Lawson’s son received unforgettable support from ward staff.

The estate, which is a member of Angus Glens Moorland Group, also donated proceeds from a second charity clay shoot and raffle to Aberuthven-based charity, The Sandpiper Trust.

The Trust, which helps save lives in rural areas, was founded by the family of Sandy Dickson (14) who died in 2000 following a drowning accident which emergency services could not reach in time.

Gamekeepers learned of the work of the charity, in providing lifeline medical equipment, through a House Manager on the estate.

Handing over cheques to both groups at Ninewells Hospital last week, Glenogil Estate Head Gamekeeper Danny Lawson said: “When my son, Rex, was born he had to be taken to the High Dependency Unit because he was starved of oxygen for a short time during labour. It was quite terrifying for my partner Clare and I as Rex was our firstborn, but the staff made us feel at ease. It was like a team effort and we wanted to put something back by supporting their work.

“The Sandpiper Trust also do great work in remote areas and if this money helps to save a life, that is great. The staff really appreciate the role our estate owner has played by hosting these charity events.”

Receiving a cheque for £1626 on behalf of Tayside Children’s Ward, charge nurse Sam Russell said the proceeds would go into the patient comfort fund to buy new indoor and outdoor equipment as well as purchasing distraction tools to help children during therapy.

On collecting £2300 on behalf of The Sandpiper Trust, Manager Jayne Price, said: “This really kind and unexpected donation will go towards providing our Sandpiper medical bags for applicants that meet our support criteria in rural locations. The Trust really appreciates the support of Glenogil.”

Saturday 4th November saw the 2017 Pride of Aberdeen Awards take place in the city’s beach ballroom where the Sandpiper Wildcat team picked up the Blue Light Hero award.

The Sandpiper Wildcat project is funded by The Sandpiper Trust and is a collaborative project between them, Scottish Ambulance, Resuscitation Research Group and BASICS Scotland. Its aim is to save lives throughout the North East, specifically focussing on out of hospital cardiac arrests. They achieve this through their growing network of trained, locally based, cardiac responders who are linked into the Scottish Ambulance Service and ready to respond to an emergency call out when a cardiac arrest is suspected. Wildcat responders are often first to arrive on scene, providing lifesaving early CPR and defibrillation, before the emergency services arrive.

The Blue Light Hero Award was established to highlight an act or outstanding level of service from within the Blue Lights’ community. A first of its kind, the Wildcat project has demonstrated success in terms of lives saved, response time improvements and  the impact that specially trained responders, with no previous medical experience, can have on the chain of survival. In addition the initiative has increased community confidence and provided much appreciated support to the patients and their families. Hailed as a success, the Project may form the blueprint for future worldwide initiatives.

Keri Fickling Project Manager of Sandpiper Wildcat commented “It is an honour to have received this award on behalf of the whole Sandpiper Wildcat team, from the Trustees, Sandpiper supporters, fundraisers and of course every one of our volunteers. It confirms that our project is having an impact across the North East and achieving its aim of improving out of hospital cardiac care. The award also provides recognition of the generous time our volunteers give to their communities and the support they bring to families and ambulance crews during these emergencies. Without all of our volunteers and fundraisers the work we do would be impossible – so this award is for them all.”

Claire Maitland, Sandpiper Trustee added “This Wildcat accolade is the culmination of years of planning, co-ordinating and implementation.  The Trustees and I are full of pride as we accept this award gratefully.  Special thanks go to the Wildcat Project team, lead by Keri Fickling and supported by Lorna Donaldson & Keith Jensen. They have worked tirelessly to reach this point and I know that after celebrating tonight they will be straight back to business tomorrow, doing what they do best.

She continued “Last year there were 445 cardiac arrests in Grampian and of these, only 18 people survived. Through Wildcat, we’re out there doing everything we can to beat this figure. To ensure that we are in the best possible position to save more lives, we need 24/7 responder coverage. If you’re based in Grampian and you’d  like to know more about joining our award winning project, get in-touch; we’d be delighted to hear from you.”

Our torches don’t just light the way, they save lives. Our responders are often called out in the wee small hours, from car accidents where there’s no street lighting to rural homes with dimly lit entrances. When every second counts it’s vital that nothing stops them arriving fast, even the dark.

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When there is no alternative, our responders will undertake surgical procedures on site. Homes, gardens, roadsides and other public places become life-saving surgical theatres.  Each Sandpiper Bag contains all the equipment necessary for undertaking surgery including sterile procedural supplies, anaesthetic and dressings.

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It’s not just patients we take care of, our Responders welfare is also our priority. That’s why we provide every single one with top quality luminous jackets, keeping them warm and visible, because safety is everything. These jackets don’t come cheap but they are worth every penny. Without our responders we would not be able to save lives. In addition, your gift will fund a physical Sandpiper bag, ready to be filled with all the medical equipment necessary.

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Unfortunately, it’s not only adult call outs that we attend, we also respond to incidents which involve babies and children. These small patients often require specially designed equipment to fit little faces and bodies. So, it’s important that our Sandpiper bags contain miniature versions. Your gift will fund items such as disposable resuscitators, infant and child masks, baby and infant neck collars and umbilical cord clamps.

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When every second counts, it’s vital that call outs, from the initial request to treatment, happen as fast and smoothly as possible. That’s why each of our responders are linked to the emergency services by smartphone and are track able via vehicle locator systems. This ensures that the closest responder to the incident will always be dispatched, giving the patient the best possible chance.

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Our responders are often met with patients experiencing circulation problems and need to get straight down to work improving blood flow.  Each of us requires oxygen to travel throughout our body (from top to toe!), and when this is compromised it’s necessary to act quickly. To encourage or stop flow, our responders require a variety of equipment including IV fluid and pouch, scissors, a sling, neck collar, tourniquets, stethoscope and some additional items that are probably best circled round.

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When it comes to resuscitation, children need to be treated with specially adapted equipment. Our disposable child resuscitators come with pressure release valves which protect small lungs by minimising the risk of over inflation.

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