Scotland’s east coast Paediatric Retrieval team’s new rapid response vehicle had its first outing to thank two young fundraisers in Deeside.
Ayshia Guy and Emma Ingram, both 11, donated £200 to provide a state-of-the-art satellite navigation system for the new vehicle.
The two P7 pupils from Torphins Primary School successfully completed the Junior Great North Run in September to raise funds for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and the school’s P7 enterprise.
The Paediatric Retrieval team, based at the hospital in Edinburgh, provides specialist intensive care to children and babies across the east coast of Scotland during their transfer to the paediatric intensive care unit at the hospital.
The new specialist vehicle has been donated to the hospital by Subaru dealership A F Noble and Son. The Subaru Forrester XC and SatNav will be used to help the team respond to emergency calls when an ambulance is unavailable, to get to the airport or helipad without delay to meet the air ambulance.
The team also run training courses and visited Torphins School following a session at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
Dr Jon McCormack, consultant in paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care retrieval at the hospital, said: “This new emergency response vehicle will be a great help to our staff, allowing us to respond quickly to calls for help across Scotland.
“We are very grateful to Ayshia and Emma, they showed tremendous dedication in training for the run and in raising so much - the SatNav will be a huge help.
““The vehicle will also be used to raise awareness of the service and to transport our SimBaby simulator for teaching purposes to hospitals across the country.”
Ayshia’s dad Colin Guy, said: “The girls worked really hard in preparation, following a rigorous training programme, often covering up to eight miles a week for the six weeks before the run.
“They wanted to help the schools fundraising but also to do something for children across Scotland.”
The Sick Kids Friends Foundation provided additional funding to brand the Subaru as an emergency vehicle including reflective decals and light bar.
Maureen Harrison, chief executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “I’m sure this new vehicle will be an invaluable resource and will help ensure children from across Scotland are given the best emergency care possible.”