Job Vacancy – Sandpiper Trust Administrator

Wildcat - re-starting hearts in Grampian

The Sandpiper Trust is currently looking for an Administrator to be based in the BASICS Scotland office in Aberuthven.

The post holder will have responsibility for administration of the Sandpiper Wildcat Project & administrative support to The Sandpiper Trust.

Responsible to: Project Manager, Sandpiper Wildcat Project

Hours: 35 hours per week

Based at: BASICS Scotland, Sandpiper House, Aberuthven Enterprise Park, Aberuthven, Perth & Kinross, PH3 1EL

Salary: Band 3 – £16.960 – £19,927 per annum

Fixed Term Contract – 2 Years

Main duties will include:

  • Provide administrative support to the Sandpiper Wildcat Project Manager and Paramedic trainers – co-ordinating all travel/accommodation bookings, collation of information & maintaining accurate records
  • Organising training sessions for volunteer responders including booking venues, liaising with Paramedic Trainers, communicating with volunteers and maintaining accurate records of training delivered.
  • Ordering equipment required for the Wildcat Project and maintaining accurate records of distribution.
  • Minute taking at Sandpiper meetings.
  • Printing and distribution of marketing materials including posters, flyers & brochures.
  • Accounts – manage donor information, banking cheques & cash, gift aid reclaims.
  • Fundraising support – events, online shop, distribution of collection cans and merchandise.
  • First point of contact for the Sandpiper Trust – email and telephone queries, opening mail.
  • Assist in all aspects of The Sandpiper Trust’s work undertaking other reasonable duties as required.


Download full job description here

Download person specification form here


Applications should be made in the first instance by emailing your C.V. to Keri Fickling at

Alternatively you can post your C.V. to – The Sandpiper Trust, Sandpiper House, Aberuthven Enterprise Park, Aberuthven, Perth & Kinross, PH3 1EL

Two Western Riders take to the Great Glen in aid of Sandpiper Trust

Western riders, Sandra and Iain Loder from Aberdeenshire will be riding their horses along the Great Glen Way this August, from Fort William to Inverness in aid of the Sandpiper Trust . Iain (aged 13) and his Mum will be riding unaided for the 70 miles, which should take 5 days. All essential kit, including tent, sleeping bags, food, waterproofs!! and lots of midge spray!! will be carried on the horses. Iain will be riding an American Quarter Horse cross Appaloosa gelding called ‘Lucky’ and  Sandra is on her homebred Quarter Horse mare called ‘Chilli’. Sandra is a Western Equestrian Society approved instructor and backs and trains horses but both her and Iain are more used to showing their horses in the arena, not hitting the real outback trail, so this is a first for both and real expedition. They have had some trial runs, checking out the kit and making sure they carry only what is necessary to minimise the weight for the horses. Lets hope the weather is kind!

Look out for their just giving site, they need your support.

Robin Maitland

Robin Maitland, husband of Claire Maitland, trustee of The Sandpiper Trust and father to Harry, Cara, Anna and Jack has spent the last 6 months in hospital in a critical condition.  Our trustees meeting are not the same and we  hope that he will shortly be back in the re-hab unit in Aberdeen where we will be able to hold our trustees meetings in future.

The Maitland family feature massively in many of the early photos of Sandpiper bag presentations.  They took part in the very first Sandpiper Trust Fundraiser at the  6k run at Balmoral back in 2001.  They are all a huge part of this Sandpiper journey.  Robin’s wife Claire has been at the forefront of the charity and compiled both the “Cookery Book” and “The Swallow , The Owl and The Sandpiper”.  I would therefore think that it is safe to say that Robin has  tasted recipes and listen to prose and poems for a good few years, quietly giving advise when asked, supporting his wife, with her relentless enthusiasm for the charity but also being very much part of it all.

He is  thoughtful, funny and intelligent and we would like him to  be back very soon.

Aly & Penny


Angie Steer at Inverness Pilot Scheme presentation

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Angie Steer with family of Elsie McPherson, attends presentation at Raigmore  for the Inverness Truama Pilot Scheme led by Dr Luke Regan and part funded by The Sandpiper Trust.

The Inverness Trauma Pilot Project

part of equipment presentation to Inverness Trauma Pilot Scheme

part of equipment presentation to Inverness Trauma Pilot Scheme

DSC05894Aly and Penny Dickson were  pleased to attend a presentation event for the Inverness Trauma Pilot Project.

Angie Steer and friends and family also attended as they had raised funds for The Sandpiper Trust in memory of their friend Elsie McPherson.

Dr Luke Regan , who is heading this project , gave us a summary of the progress of the scheme and also introduced us to  Mr Michael Gale – General Surgeon, Andrew MacDonald – Emergency Nurse and Offshore Rig Medic and  Dr Claire Vincent – Acute Medicine Consultant. These three along with others will be part of the Pilot Scheme, equipped with Sandpiper bags, defibrillators and communications devices which will link them to the Emergency call Centre in Inverness. They will be responding on a voluntary bases. 

Deborah Jones the Chief Operating Officer for NHS Highland was also in attendance.  NHS Highland have been instrumental in part funding and encouraging  this project.  The Sandpiper Trust are extremely grateful to them.

We look forward to hearing how the project progresses and wish them all the success.






8th August 2015 – The Lanrick Challenge -” Embrace it, Survive it.”  to enter this exhilarating, 6 or 12 K. Obstacle Mud Run.  Not to be missed, sign up today.

Bittersweet Marathon runner raises funds

A great friend of Sandy Dickson’s, Tom Birkbeck, took to the streets of London in an ambitious bid to  complete the race despite sustaining a painful knee injury.   His efforts were not in vain.  He raised an incredible £6344.26  although he was unable to complete the  marathon.  We are extremely grateful to Tom and his supporters.  We know how gruelling marathon running can be and also how important supporters are. Thank you Tom for your continued support of The Sandpiper Trust and thank you to all those who sponsored you.

We hope your injury is on the mend.

Graeme Ramage visits Isle of Coll

The Sandpiper Trust supported the  community resilence project on Coll by part funding their defibrillators and sending Graeme on a two day visit to the island.

From the 7th to the 9th of April this year I had the pleasure of visiting the Island of Coll to help with their community resilience scheme and provide some resuscitation workshops for the island population.


Hosted by the local GP Dr Celine O’Neil and a local farmer Rob Wainright, I set up camp in the village community centre An Cridhe with an array of resuscitation manikins and practice defibrillators.

The plan on Coll is to have a number of defibrillators spread throughout the Island accessible to all .

They have at present a number of defibrillators on the Island including one in the Islands ambulance, The Doctor carries one in her car, The Island resident nurse has one, The Airport have a defibrillator plus the local fire station/ fire tender has one on board. In addition I took 2 with me purchased by a fund raising effort and a partnership with The Sandpiper Trust.


I arranged to have open access to anyone and everyone on the Island for the time I was there and arranged trips out to provide bespoke ‘on site’ training to a couple of locations for the Project Trust group.

As usual with such events when word of mouth got around the numbers of people grew over the time I was there. Attendee’s included Farmers, Ferry Port workers, retained Fire Crew, Dustman, Hotel Staff, Project Trust Staff, The community Centre staff and their management, fishermen, postman and general members of the public who arrived throughout my time there.


They were treated to a demonstration of safe approach, recognising cardiac arrest, how to get help, and commencement of chest compression CPR. I then moved on to explain a wee bit about the defib, the location of the defibs and a demonstration of how it works.


The rescuer was then invited to start assessing a sudden collapsed adult patient, call for help and request a defibrillator and commence chest compressions whilst the defib was brought. After a few minutes of compressions either I or another rescuer would take over compressions whilst the first rescuer took over defib duties. And so a round Robin began of CPR and Defib until I was satisfied people had had an opportunity to have a go at the elements described. CPR was observed and recorded by the use of the Q-CPR system displaying a percentage of correct compressions including rate, depth of compressions and recoil of the chest.


Dr O’neil attended along with her nurse and at different times the Health Care Support Worker and the GP practice receptionist. Celine seemed happy that we reached everyone we could despite the lambing, fog in Oban meaning a reduced Ferry service, breast screening off Island and an exodus by aircraft because of ferry problems to Oban.




Buckie Six Harbour Walk

A massive thank you to the Buckie Rotary Club and the 480 participants in their Buckie Six Harbour Walk last Sunday 3rd May.

Fingers crossed the Scottish weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm to raise sponsorship, to benefit all three nominated charities.

Thanks also to our volunteers who gave up their Sunday to helps us raise awareness and funds for Sandpiper.

Buckie 6 harbour Walk

Stirling Ball – Dec 2014

Thanks goes to  the organisers of The Stirling Ball, held at Christmas time in the Albert Hall in Stirling.  They raised an amazing  £1850  .