Andrew Bowie, the Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has congratulated the Portlethen-based Voluntary Community Ambulance after they received a £3000 funding grant.
The Portlethen and District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association transports patients to and from the Portlethen Medical Centre in a minibus, they operate five days a week and assist patients from around the Portlethen council ward.
The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee recently decided to allow the public to vote for where participatory funding should be allocated, at the Portlethen Gala on August the 18th the public voted to grant the voluntary ambulance their requested £3000. The money will be used to pay for vehicle insurance and fuel.
Mr Bowie visited the voluntary ambulance with Portlethen Councillor Colin Pike, they were shown around by chairperson Colin Stratton, who explained the role that they played in the community, providing essential transportation as well as delivering prescriptions.
Mr Bowie said of the visit: “The Portlethen ambulance is a vital community service which many of my constituents rely on.
“That importance was underlined by the popular vote at the gala day last Saturday.
“Participatory funding grants like these allow local people to have more of a say.”
If you would like to volunteer, you can visit the Association website here.