We are delighted to announce that Sandpiper Wildcat has been selected for the next round of funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which runs for 11 months until the 27 October 2018.

Since September 2016, Co-op has raised a phenomenal £20 million! It’s easy to understand why we are so excited to be part of this wonderful initiative.

There are two ways that the Co-op Local Community Fund raises money:

  1. Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.  Co-op members in the local community can choose which charity receives their share.
  2. All the local causes in the community get an equal share of the money the Co-op raises from the sales of carrier bags.

To ensure that we make the most of this fantastic opportunity, we need as many of our supporters, their friends and family as possible to select Sandpiper Wildcat Cardiac Responders as their chosen charity. By doing this you’ll be helping us to save lives.

Simply login online if you’re already a member or if you’re not, sign up at https://www.coop.co.uk/membership. It’s quick and easy. If you are more than 15 miles from our registered Peterculter Co-op, we won’t appear as a suggested cause but there is a search facility so that members can choose us wherever they live.

To help spread the word further, please consider sharing your nomination socially. You will be given the opportunity to post your support once you’ve chosen Sandpiper Wildcat Cardiac Responders.

We will be sharing updates right up until the 27th October, but members can also see a running total of how much they have helped raise every time they login to the Co-op community page.

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.”

Last month The Sandpiper Trust was delighted to take a stand at the Best of the West Festival, affectionately known as Bowfest. Bowfest is an ‘end of season’ showcase held annually in the grounds of Inveraray Castle. The Festival is a two-day celebration of local food, drink and music that shines a light on Argyll while entertaining thousands.

Given our west coast network of dedicated responders, Bowfest provided the perfect ground for spreading the word about what the Sandpiper Trust & Basics contribute to this part of Scotland. We were right at home surrounded by other companies and organisations who are equally dedicated to serving this beautiful area and its communities.

We were extremely fortunate that Tom Hanson very kindly volunteered to man the stand for us and was also well supported by Basics Doctors from the surrounding area including Dr Peter Von Kaehne (Lochgoilhead), Dr Alida MacGregor (Tighnabruaich) and Dr Angela Mosley (Dunoon). Tom’s support runs in the family as his son Dr Donald Hanson was a Basics responder in Aberdeen until he emigrated.

We were also joined by a very special guest and were delighted to welcome Rebecca McRaild, whose child’s life was saved by Peter Von Kaehne to our stand.

Bowfest was an extremely successful weekend, not only in terms of raising awareness of what we do, but also in raising funds.

In addition, The Duchess of Argyll was extremely supportive and very interested in the work of both organisations.

Thanks very much to Tom for his support and to Bowfest for inviting us to be part of a fantastic event.

Further event info can be found here.

Rebecca McRaild, mother of the infant saved by Peter Von Kaehne

Dr Peter Von Kaehne and Dr Alida MacGregor

Dr Angela Mosley

The Sandpiper Trust – Sandpiper Wildcat Project – Support Trainer

Location – Grampian

Salary – £19,217-£22,458

Hours – 24 Hours per week

Fixed Term contract to May 2019

Closing date: Monday 25th September 2017


The Sandpiper trust is a charity which aims to save lives in Scotland through the provision of medical equipment to trained professionals who respond to life threatening emergencies on behalf of Scottish Ambulance Service. One of the most common medical emergencies is the Cardiac Arrest. Through Sandpipers largest project to date Sandpiper Wildcat we aim to increase the number of survivors from Cardiac Arrest, by training and supporting a network of responders across Grampian who are equipped with defibrillators and vehicle locator systems we aim to dispatch responders to cardiac arrests in their local communities to provide the early intervention treatment that we know can be lifesaving.

The Sandpiper Wildcat Team currently has an exciting vacancy for a Support Trainer. This post will be responsible for assisting with the training of our responders as well as organising and co-ordinating courses and volunteer records. This person needs to be a good communicator and work on their own initiative as well as having a flexible approach to their work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in delivering training
  • Organising training course dates/locations
  • Communicating with responders
  • Log responders training activity

You will have experience working in a healthcare background, evidence of good organisational skills, experience with a variety of Microsoft office programs and be an effective communicator at all levels. A driving licence is essential.

Please email completed application form (which can be downloaded below) to Keri Fickling at admin@sandpiperwildcat.co.uk



Application Form – PDF / Word

Job Advertisement

Person Specification

Job Description

The Sandpiper Trust are proud to introduce a new member of staff to the admin team working alongside BASICS Scotland at Sandpiper House.

Jayne Price will be based at the Aberuthven office and will be happy to take any enquiries relating to the Sandpiper Trust. Jayne’s role as part of the Sandpiper team will primarily be the general day to day administration of the organisation and she will be the first point of contact for anyone looking to get in touch with the Sandpiper Trust.

Before joining The Sandpiper Trust, Jayne worked as an English teacher for 15 years. She started her teaching career in Aberdeen before moving on to schools in Inverness, Speyside and Kinross. Her interest in Sandpiper Trust stems from living in rural Scotland for most of her life and from the fact that her husband, Ben, is a BASICS Responder. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her dog and looking after her three young children; Esme, Florence and Sandy.

Welcome to the team Jayne!



Our Spring 2017 newsletter is out! Make a cuppa, put your feet up and get comfy while you read our news.

Since I was a 9-year-old lad, rugby has always been my passion. Professionally, playing for Queen and country, leading the team to victory and a stadium creaking with lively Scottish supporters, these were things that were important to me. It wasn’t until years later that I unwittingly found my passion ignited for another cause.

Fifteen years ago I was approached by sisters, Penny Dickson & Claire Maitland. The Scottish family had recently lost their 14-year-old son and nephew in a tragic accident. Although Sandy was a strong swimmer and keen sportsman, he had drowned at a remote lake while visiting his grandmother. The family realised that when accidents happen the emergency services may not always be close at hand to help. Their loss was the catalyst for the launch of the Sandpiper Trust, a charity dedicated to saving lives in rural Scotland.  They had a vision, which, from that day forward also became mine as Patron. Together we wanted to ensure that other families did not have to needlessly go through what they had.

The Sandpiper Trust saves lives by equipping specially trained medical professionals with life-saving medical equipment in what are known as ‘Sandpiper Bags’. When a high-priority 999 call comes through, ambulance coordinators locate voluntary Sandpiper BASICS emergency responders and direct them to the place of need fast, before an ambulance arrives.  When every second counts, these extra minutes can be life changing.

It was while Claire and her husband Robin were travelling back from their beloved Murrayfield, following a momentous occasion for the charity which saw Princess Anne present a Sandpiper bag at the match, that it struck her that funding 1000 life-saving bags would not be impossible. Very ambitious yes, but with sheer willpower, absolutely doable.  In 2016 that goal was achieved with 1000 Sandpiper bags now in the safe hands of volunteer GP’s, paramedics and nurses throughout Scotland, from the most rural practice in the Isles to the Borders and everywhere in-between.  For any charity, let alone a small, family run one, this is a massive accomplishment with a price tag of over £1m. A value which is unsurprisingly priceless to those whose lives have been saved and their families. And save lives we have. To continue to do so we need support.

From the outset, the rugby community has been behind the Trust, with match day collections, local team fundraisers and charity tournaments all boosting funds. As a contact sport, we’re no stranger to accidents on the pitch and we often spend long spells travelling along rural roads on match days. It’s comforting to know that if any one of us was in need, and the emergency services couldn’t get to us quickly enough, that the Sandpiper Trust could. In fact, last year, our responders were called out to over nine hundred 999 accidents and emergencies.

I know that there are lots of great fundraising activities happening across the country through our rugby clubs. All I ask is that when you next need a worthwhile cause to support you consider the Sandpiper Trust. Better still, contact them now to hear about the life-saving work they are doing in your own community.

Playing my part as Patron of the Trust and being an extension of the Sandpiper family is an honour. The greatest satisfaction to me is when I hear reports back from doctors of the lives that have been saved as a direct result of the Sandpiper equipment that they have been given. We can always save more though and so I will continue to fly the flag of this vital charity, spreading the word to people like you because together we can achieve much more.

Gavin Hastings OBE

Patron of the Sandpiper Trust

Today we are honoured to receive a letter from MSP’s noting their support for the Sandpiper Wildcat Project.

Peter Chapman, MSP for North East Region, raised the Motion which gained cross-party backing. Thanking the Trust for its contribution to the local community, Peter also referred to Sandpiper Wildcat as a great local asset and wished us well with our future work.