A project within the city centre of Edinburgh, whose volunteers support vulnerable members of the public throughout the year, has received a welcome boost from an award-winning hotel in the capital.
The Street Assist Edinburgh team, who release the pressure from the emergency services on Friday and Saturday nights by providing a first-aid and welfare service (10pm – 4am) - supporting Edinburgh’s nightlife, have been given 40 soft-shell jackets by the 4-star Radisson Blu hotel. The donation ensures the volunteers can be more identifiable when helping on the streets and to keep them warm as they help those in need!
Emma Finch, a volunteer with Street Assist commented: “We would like to thank all the staff at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh for their contribution to our project. Without the kind contribution of these jackets, our volunteers would have needed to use their own money to purchase the jackets, which for some of our volunteers simply isn’t possible. These jackets will help to keep our volunteer team warm over the cold winter months and allow us to provide more of a visible presence to the public. A special thank you to Matt Williams from the Radisson Blu Edinburgh for making this a reality; our volunteers are especially grateful.”
Street Assist Edinburgh is a self-funded project and relies on the generosity of donations to make their project a success. The service is comprised of 61 volunteers, made up of volunteer nurses, first-aiders and welfare staff who all dedicate their time to support vulnerable members of the public. The team use a decommissioned ambulance donated by South Central Ambulance Service and a mobile treatment bus to aid individuals on the streets, referred by taxi marshals, nightclubs, the Scottish Ambulance Service or anyone who feels the project can assist. Anyone can contact Street Assist for support on the duty phone (07708315200).
Richard Mayne, General Manager of the 238-bedroom Radisson Blu Edinburgh on the city’s historic Royal Mile, said: “The staff at Radisson Blu Edinburgh are proud to play an active part in helping a number of good causes within our local community. Hopefully, our contribution of the jackets will help keep the volunteers at Street Assist Edinburgh warm during the night as they focus on helping those in need.”