NFU Mutual boost to air ambulance funds

Martin Malone, NFU Mutuals regional manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland (right) with Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance paramedic Craig McDonald.
Martin Malone, NFU Mutuals regional manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland (right) with Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance paramedic Craig McDonald.

Staff at leading rural insurer NFU Mutual have raised much-needed cash to help Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance save and improve lives.

A total of 150 staff across 33 NFU Mutual offices in Scotland contacted more than 1,000 existing and potential new clients to renew their insurance over a dedicated week last year.

In this initiative, called Donate a Date, each office donated £1 to the charity for each renewal made during this time and NFU Mutual then matched the donations, raising a total of £2,352.

Chief executive David Craig from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance said: “We rely 100% on donations from our supporters to run our life-saving service and every penny makes a difference.

“Since our launch in 2013, we have responded to more than 1,300 time-critical emergencies across Scotland from our base at Perth Airport.

“This is a fantastic contribution from NFU Mutual which is appreciated by all of us.”

Martin Malone, NFU Mutual’s regional manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “As the leading insurer for the rural community within the UK, we have gained a deep understanding of the needs of those living in the countryside.

“We’re proud to support Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, which provides a vital service across the country and can reach some of the most remote areas in less than 30 minutes.

“This is a great example of our staff making a positive difference to our communities.”

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is based at Perth Airport, well positioned geographically to reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. They fly to time-critical emergencies across Scotland and rely 100% on donations from supporters to ensure they are there when needed.