Local Moray couple Denise and John Thomson donate £650 from Buckie’s ‘It’s a knockout’.

Local Moray couple Denise and John Thomson present The Sandpiper Trust with cheque for £650 raised from Buckie’s ‘It’s a knockout’.

(Back L – R) Denise Thomson, John Thomson and Dr Pam Hardy, Lead A&E Consultant Dr Grays. (Front L to R) Dr Sallyanne Hutchison, GP and Dr Alistair Ross, Consultant anaesthetist, Dr Grays.

On the, 19th April 2018 at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Denise and John Thomson presented the cheque to the Moray Immediate Care Scheme, part of The British Association for Immediate Care Scotland (BASICS) and The Sandpiper Trust.

Their donation contributed to the provision of a Sandpiper Bag for Doctor Sallyanne Hutchison, Senior Medical Officer at RAF Kinloss, who has recently become a BASICS responder.  Sandpiper Bags of life-saving emergency equipment are donated by The Sandpiper Trust to medical professionals for use in attending emergency medical  calls.

In rural areas such as most of Moray, where ambulance resources are thinly spread, BASICS responders acting as volunteers in their off-duty hours are often the first to arrive on scene, administering critical pre-hospital care and ultimately saving lives.

The Sandpiper Trust and BASICS formed this unique charities partnership in 2001 with the aim of saving lives in rural Scotland by equipping trained, voluntary BASICS responders  with Sandpiper bags which contain all the necessary equipment required in an emergency.  Working in conjunction with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), responders are located and dispatched as soon as the emergency call comes in. This approach results in more patients being treated within the ‘Golden Hour’, the 60 minutes following medical trauma or accident, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death.

Denise and John Thomson have been supporters of Moray Immediate Care Scheme and The Sandpiper Trust since John’s accident in October 2012. John  had a life changing accident in 2012 when he was working on a conveyor in a concrete pit and his right arm was dragged in by the metal paddles.

Dr Pam Hardy, an Elgin based pre-hospital care specialist from Dr Gray’s Hospital and Moray Immediate Care Scheme ,worked in darkness to amputate Mr Thomson’s arm and free him.

John and Denise have raised thousands of pounds for Moray Immediate Care Scheme and The Sandpiper Trust since 2012.  In 2017 they sponsored a team ‘Pits Party Animals’ to take part in Buckie’s ‘It’s a knock out’.  The team, captained by Abby Murray, raised £650 for The Sandpiper Trust and Moray Immediate Care Scheme.

The Sandpiper Trust has now supplied more than 1000 Sandpiper bags to volunteer Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics in rural areas of Scotland. Each individual bag costs more than £1,000 but to appoint a fully equipped, trackable responder to the network costs £4,000. Additional items required include defibrillator, real-time tracking devices linked to the SAS and  protective clothing to ensure responder safety.