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The Sandpiper Trust is a Scottish charity working alongside the emergency services to get fast, effective help to victims of accidents or medical emergencies throughout Scotland, particularly in remote and rural areas.

The Trust was set up by the family and friends of Sandy Dickson, who tragically drowned on 12th August 2000, aged 14, in a silent drowning accident whilst in Canada. The charity is a fitting and appropriate tribute to Sandy’s great love of the countryside and provides a positive contribution to the preservation of life.

None of us know when we, or someone we love, will need emergency help. What we do know however, is that as things stand, there can often be delays in the arrival of an ambulance following a 999 call, which can cause catastrophic problems for the person in desperate need of medical attention. The aim of The Sandpiper Trust is to help save lives in Scotland by improving immediate care through the provision of appropriate and standardised medical equipment, known as The Sandpiper Bag. Over 900 Sandpiper Bags are now used in Scotland, by doctors, nurses and paramedics who have been specially trained in accident and emergency care by BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care Scotland).

A Sandpiper bag

A Sandpiper Bag costs £1000 and contains over 50 items, including paediatric equipment. The full emergency kit allows a doctor, nurse or paramedic to perform lifesaving pre-hospital procedures during "the golden hour" – the critical period between an accident or sudden illness and admission to the appropriate hospital. This is widely recognised as being the crucial window of opportunity for saving lives.

Acting as a catalyst for change, the Sandpiper Trust has brought together many of those working in the field of Immediate Care. In conjunction with BASICS, the Sandpiper Trust’s medical advisers, the contents of the Sandpiper Bag have been compiled based on the latest medical advances. The Sandpiper Bag has now become an international standard of excellence for emergency equipment.

The administering of rapid and appropriate medical intervention to a patient during the critical "golden hour" not only contributes to an increase in positive patient outcomes but also raises community confidence and resilience especially in remote parts of Scotland.

Such has been the success of this initiative; it has now been endorsed by the Scottish Ambulance Service and incorporated in their 999 Emergency Response network, greatly helping reduce response times in Scotland. In simple words – more lives are now being saved.

To find out more visit The Sandpiper Trust website.

If you would like to fundraise for The Sandpiper Trust, visit their Just Giving Fundraising page.

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