Sandpiper Wildcat team wins Pride of Aberdeen Award

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.”