The following bags were approved at our November Trustees meeting.

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Alva Medical Practice
Strachur Medical Practice
Selkirk Medical Practice
Townhead Practice – Montrose
Fortrose Medical Practice
Strathpeffer Medical Practice
Armadale Medical Practice
The Medical Centre – Inverness
Group Practice – Isle of Lewis
Riverside Medical Practice – Inverness

Santa's Groto at TorphinsClaire Maitland  spent a day   at Platform 22, Torphins where a group of excited,although many apprehensive, primary and pre-school characters ventured into Santa’s grotto to share jokes, and make general enquires as to what he was up to at this time of year. Santa’s eyes nearly popped out on stalks when a very dainty 3 year old dressed in pink from head to foot told him that all she REALLY REALLY wanted for Christmas was a Chain Saw. Not sure she understood his response that if she was able to understand when, with hand on his Sandpiper Bag he told her that if Santa gave her a chain saw, he might have to call in the help of the” National Elf Service” to deal with the consequences!!!!!!

Torphins has a truly wonderful warm community spirit and thanks to Emma Pattullo and David Pattulo for creating such a special event.

Thanks also Banchory and Torphins GPs who gave their time to talk to so many enchanting characters. The Santa role definately seemed to appeal to them, there were no tears and everyone left smiling. To come home to such a beautiful sunset was the icing on the cake.

Enjoyed every moment and hopefully one or two more people have learned about the work of Sandpiper

4 BASICS responders attend RTC3 BASICS Doctors (Drs Alex Colinson, Alan Copland & John Ferris) attended a serious RTC on the A92 in Fife on Monday.

Working with the Scottish Ambulance Service (including BASICS paramedic Andy Walker) they treated a critically injured patient trapped in a car providing analgesia, sedation and chest surgery. With the Tayside Trauma Team present, the patient was anaesthetised and flown to Ninewells Hospital by Helimed.

The patient received seamless care with amazing teamwork between all emergency services. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Forth Rail Bridge AbseilOn October 21st, a team from BASICS Scotland including Kirsty Laird, Chelsee Henderson, Lynne Malpass and Graeme Ramage will be taking on the Forth Rail Bridge and abseiling the 165ft drop (we have calculated that this will be 33 times the height of Chelsee!!).

All money raised will be going to the worthwhile cause of The Sandpiper Trust, a charity dedicated to providing rural doctors, nurses and paramedics with the appropriate emergency medical equipment, helping to save lives in remote and rural Scotland.

As a thank you to The Sandpiper Trust for their support over the last 10 years, we hope to raise as much funds as possible for such a worthwhile cause and in order to do this, we need your support!!

To get the girls and Graeme over the edge, we would be grateful for any donations. To pledge your support and donate, please click hereand select “BASICS Scotland Abseil Team”.

After much persuasion, we have managed to talk Dr Laird into participating in the abseil, however he has named his price!!!

We need to reach a target of £2,000 before he will be prepared to jump!

If we reach a target of £5,000, he will be jumping in a Batman costume!!

Please help us to ensure this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to witness Dr Laird dressed as Batman happens!!!

Adam Galloway is taking on another  challenge for the Sandpiper Trust.  He is in training at the moment  and is looking for a bit of sponsorship.  His justgiving site is   so feel free to have a look and give him words of encouragement .  Thank you Adam.

Forth Rail Bridge Abseil

West Perthshire Pony ClubWest Perthshire Pony ClubA disco at Blair Drummond hall  saw the arrival of a new line in fashion wear. Brandishing the Sandpiper logo the ponyclub members put on a funky fashion show.  The (very bad) photo here  is to give you a taste of things to come.  We will shortly have a gallery with a selection of garments which you will be able to order direct from the supplier with not only Sandpiper logos but others as well.   Keep a look out.  Thanks to Lisa Addison for getting this together.

Santa cuddly toyA relaxed Santa helped raise £40 over the Christmas holidays and the winner of the competition was Rachel Stewart.  Thanks goes to Santa and Meg’s Attic.

Prestonfield BallI am sure that all the guests who attended this event would agree that it was a wonderful evening.  Emily  and Will Sandwell and their commitee did a brilliant job.

At the beginning of the evening Dr Richard Lyons gave a stirring presentation about the work of the trust. Bernard Williams entertained us, as well as raising a huge amount of money at the charity auction and clowns,magicians,stilt walkers and gymnasts also entertained the guests. After dinner the Manifestos took to the stage and everyone danced the night away.

The evening raised an amazing £26000.

Thank you to  everyone for making this such a successful evening.

The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre at Doune held a Valuation Day on the 4th June 2010. They did this event 3 years ago and it was a huge success for the customers, antique dealers and for the publicity of the centre. They charged a £1 for every antique which was brought in for valuation and all the funds raised went to The Sandpiper Trust. We are extremely grateful to them for their support.