A business that has been in Uttoxeter for nearly half a century has shown its generous hand by donating an emergency car to the town’s newly-qualified first responder. Angus MacKinnon Ltd, which is based on Derby Road, has handed over a high-spec Land Rover Freelancer so Mary Dorrington can carry out her selfless duties in and around the community.
A business that has been in Uttoxeter for nearly half a century has shown its generous hand by donating an emergency car to the town’s newly-qualified first responder.
Angus MacKinnon Ltd, which is based on Derby Road, has handed over a high-spec Land Rover Freelancer so Mary Dorrington can carry out her selfless duties in and around the community.
The company have stated that it will also maintain the upkeep of the vehicle throughout its duration of service.
Additionally, RBA Wealth Management are to provide fuel for the vehicle for a whole year with the National Farmers Union insuring it too.
Motorkraft Vehicle Accessory Specialists have supplied the racking in the rear to house the medical equipment, while HEX Signs and Graphics – who are part of Bri-Stor Group – fitted the government-specific first responder lively.
The vehicle was officially donated during a presentation at Angus MacKinnon offices on Monday (February 28) with several senior community figures in attendance.
Uttoxeter Mayor Councillor Chris Sylvester, The High Sheriff of Staffordshire James Friend and Ashley Brough – Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, St Johns Ambulance County President and Trustee of the Community Foundations for Staffordshire – were all present.
Also at the unveiling was First Responder Operations Manager Cliff Medlicott.
Mary told the Times & Echo how she always wanted to enter the medical field and help the community.
The Uttoxeter resident has been unable to work due to her being the primary carer of her son, who has type one diabetes.
“I always wanted to do something along the lines medically and give something back, so that’s why I did the training,” she said.
Mary – who will be Uttoxeter’s sole town-based first responder – explained how the kind gesture came about after initially going into Angus MacKinnon to look for a car of her own.
After the enquiry was discussed among senior company figures, it was decided that the business would indeed donate a vehicle in full, something Mary was overjoyed about.
“It’s absolutely amazing, they’ve been so good,” she said. “The community needs it (a first responder service) and I’m going to be doing a lot of fundraising because without the generosity of the community, it won’t survive.
“I don’t get paid for it, it’s a voluntary role, so I’ve taken a lot of time out to get trained and it’s a career I definitely want to pursue.”
Dove Valley First Responders are also in close proximity to Uttoxeter.
Mary will soon be able to go out on shift on her own and she endeavours to host future fundraising events.
Managing director at Angus MacKinnon, Stuart MacKinnon, told the Times & Echo that the kind donation was fuelled in part by the ethos installed into the company by his late father, who founded the business in his name in 1975.
He said: “We have been established as a business for 47 years now and we understand that the community has, with it’s loyalty, built the business.
“We’re in a strong position now and we want to give a bit back. We’ve always done that, Angus, my late father, had always been much at the heart of the community and it’s that mindset that still prevails.”
He added: “At the end of the day we haven’t got a business without the local community. So we’ve given the 100 per cent donation for the vehicle.”
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