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Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance welcomes bank fines funding

SCAA crew Image copyright Perthshire Picture Agency
Image caption The Scottish Charity Air Ambulance has carried out almost 500 rescues since launching in 2013

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance has welcomed £250,000 of funding it is to receive raised from bank fines.

The service, based at Perth airport, has rescued almost 500 people since it was launched in May 2013.

Air ambulance services across the UK have each been awarded a share of £5m paid to the government in Libor fines levied on banks who tried to manipulate financial markets.

SCAA chairman John Bullough said the money would pay for new equipment.

He said the donation, to be used as capital funding, was "very welcome news".

'Critical service'

Mr Bullough added: "The donation will be used to enhance and improve equipment and facilities, thereby enabling our generous public giving to be targeted at frontline operations.

"It costs £1.5m each year to keep SCAA flying and this Libor donation will help sustain our critical service, and comes at a really important time as air ambulances gear up for what is traditionally their busiest time of year."

Announcing the £5m of funding to the Association of Air Ambulance, Chancellor George Osborne said it would enable 20 "fantastic" teams across the UK to extend their flying hours and "play a vital role in helping to save hundreds of lives every year".

He added: "It is absolutely right that we use funds from those who demonstrated the worst values to reward those who demonstrate the best, like our hardworking air ambulance crews."

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