The Costs

It is often assumed the Ambulance is funded by Aberdeenshire Council or the NHS, but neither of these support us financially, although the Scottish Government provide a small grant to cover some of the fuel costs.

The majority of the funding comes by way of voluntary donations from companies in the surrounding area, local community councils and individuals.

Passengers who use the Ambulance, kindly give a small donation, which helps cover some of the fuel costs.

Portlethen Community Abulance
The running costs for the Ambulance include fuel, licence, insurance, servicing, maintenance, repairs and certification of the wheelchair hoist. We are very lucky that we have two local garages who provide support, by not charging for the labour when they carry out work on the Ambulance.

In the course of a year, the Ambulance travels approximately 13,500 miles, and carries 3,000 passengers. Most of the runs are short distances, which results in a high degree of wear and tear. As a result, the Ambulance needs to be replaced every 3 to 4 years, otherwise, the cost of additional maintenance starts to deplete the funds. Another down side is, if the vehicle is off the road for extended periods, this would impact the service we provide.

A new Ambulance costs in the region of 40,000 and with no direct funding, we rely heavily on donations, without which, the committee would experience extreme difficulty in covering the running costs.

If you feel you could help, in any way, by making a donation or volunteering your time, then the committee would love to hear from you.