Edzell woman jumps for air ambulance

Debbie Farquharson doing her sky dive
Debbie Farquharson doing her sky dive

An Edzell woman planned and completed a skydive to mark a milestone birthday, and smashed her original target of donations.

Debbie Farquharson, who turned 30 in July of last year, wanted to use her sky dive as a chance to raise money for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) and set a £300 target.

However, she doubled her target and raised £835, and her sky dive went ahead at Skydive St Andrews, Glenrothes on Sunday, February 28.

Debbie previously explained her reason for picking this particular charity, saying: “I chose the charity as living rural outside Edzell and I previously worked for Glenesk, I saw how the air ambulance can reach more rural locations which an ambulance simply cannot.”

The SCAA was formed in 2012 and launched its helicopter air ambulance in May 2013 to assist the Scottish Air Ambulance Service to deliver front-line care to time-critical emergencies across Scotland. The SCAA provides a fully equipped medical helicopter that can be deployed from its central base at Perth Airport to incidents across the length and breadth of Scotland.

SCAA works in close cooperation with the Scottish Ambulance Service, who provide the paramedic staff that crew the helicopter.

The Scottish Ambulance Service tasks the SCAA helicopter across Scotland through their Ambulance Control Centres.

SCAA charity is not supported by any statutory funding and the service is funded solely through donations.