Dealership donates new car to Ellon First Responders

The Ellon First Responders' new car that was kindly donated by Gillanders Peterhead
The Ellon First Responders' new car that was kindly donated by Gillanders Peterhead

The Ellon First Responders have been presented with a donation of a new car thanks to a Peterhead garage.

Gillanders Motors, based at Blackhouse Industrial Estate, has always backed local charity over the years, but wanted to look for something they could put their support behind in the long-term.

The garage was first approached by Sandpiper Wildcat to see if they could get involved with the responder side of the charity and perhaps provide them with a vehicle.

Mark Stevenson, sales manager at Gillanders, was only too happy to help and offered to provide them with a Suzuki Vitara.

Ellon First Responders then got in touch asking if the garage could help them in a similar manner and, again, they were only too happy to get involved.

“All of their responders were using their own vehicles so we agreed to provide them with a new Suzuki Swift.

“The cars have been provided on a 12 months contract and it gives us massive exposure from our point of view as well as helping out two very worthwhile causes in the local area,” said Mark.

Ellon First Responders co-ordinator, Cheryl Jones, said: “The team are delighted that we have been given this kind donation, especially as we are still so new that we didn’t expect to have been able to get a vehicle so soon.

“Six months in and we have attended more than 30 callouts including cardiac arrests and the car means more visibility for the team.

“We hope this will allow more people in Ellon to know about the scheme and to also highlight that we are a completely self funded volunteer group.”

Cheryl added: “The garage has very generously provided the vehicle and its maintenance and servicing for free, all we have to worry about is insurance and fuel.

“They have also agreed at a certain time period to swap the car for another new one, keeping us mobile and ready to respond.”