Frontline Festival Scotland is playing its part in the Covid-19 crisis by bringing our communities, businesses and artists together with a common goal of raising funds for frontline charities.

Matt McGrandles, Ceangail CIC’s founder, who are organising the event stated; “It’s our way of supporting our frontline workers and showing them our appreciation for what they have done and will continue to do during Covid-19.

The 3 main charities supported, all do fantastic work for the Scottish frontline services.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) are a national charity who rely on donations from the public to run their life-saving flights. The fast response of SCAA and its ability to reach Scotland’s most remote and rural areas saves vital minutes and vastly improves a patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

Nick Harvey, Director of SCAA commented; “Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance are delighted to be one of the frontline emergency services to be recognised in this year’s inaugural fundraising spectacular – Frontline Festival Scotland. Funded 100% by donations, we are there for everyone in Scotland 365 days a year providing pre-hospital care to more people, more quickly in their time of need.

Scottish Police Benevolent Fund

The Scottish Police Benevolent Fund (SPBF) plays a vital role in supporting Scottish Police Officers. They cover a wide remit, helping staff and their families in need, for reasons of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or another disadvantage.

As the only Scottish based Police charity, The Scottish Police Benevolent Fund are delighted to have been approached by Ceangail to take part in this year’s maiden fundraising spectacular for the emergency services – Frontline Festival Scotland Campaign. We are there 24/7 to pick up the pieces of our frontline workers and let them know someone cares about them whilst they care for others”, said Gary Brown, Operations Manager.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Family Support Trust (FST)

The SFRS Family Support Trust (FST) are another charity who will benefit from the Frontline Festival Scotland event, this year.

The COVID 19 pandemic has presented a challenge for everyone, including all charities and the emergency services. We have felt the impact on our Charity’s finances as most of our events and fundraising opportunities have been cancelled, this year, including our annual St Andrew’s Ball, a highlight in our fundraising events calendar.

We recognise that music plays a big part in improving our health and well-being – whether it inspires us, comforts us, helps us exercise, or simply keeps us company. We look forward, with a sense of excitement, to being involved in our first ever virtual music gig, hearing new bands, well known artists, old favourites and a wide variety of music styles.

Dougie Boyd, Vice-Chair, SFRS Family Support Trust

The Festival aims to cheer Scotland up, so the gig is free to watch but in return, they are asking the public to show their support for the frontline workers by making a small donation via their Just Giving page or via text on the day.

More information:

Just Giving – https://www.justgiving.com/team/frontline-festival-scotland

Sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/353168125645100

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance: https://www.scaa.org.uk/

Scottish Police Benevolent Fund: https://www.spbf.org.uk/

SFRS Family Support Trust: https://sfrs-familysupport.org.uk/