The Mark Bloch Memorial Fund

This is a fund set up by The Sandpiper Trust that seeks to reflect how Mark’s family and friends remember him and his outlook on life. Mark died in October 2014, aged 48.

Mark was involved in many areas of pre-hospital care and was instrumental in the setting up of the Grampian Immediate Care Scheme. He was on the board of both the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) Scotland, a charity promoting high-quality, pre-hospital emergency care, and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Mark was the clinical lead for Bond Offshore Helicopters and the JIGSAW Search and Rescue helicopter covering the offshore industry in the North Sea.

The Mark Bloch Memorial fund was set up by The Sandpiper Trust to help paramedics and nurses based in rural Scotland who want to extend their prehospital emergency care education by attending a BASICS Scotland course, but for various reasons could not otherwise afford to do so.

We consider applications from dedicated registered paramedics and nurses currently based in rural Scotland who can demonstrate a dedication to their community or profession. We give out up to a maximum of £250 per individual to be used to attend the BASICS Scotland course that they feel would be of most benefit to them.

The aims of the Mark Bloch memorial fund are to:

  • Further the education of the individual.
  • Enable the development of the individual’s existing skills or develop a new skill.
  • Enable the individual to be of further benefit to the rural community he/she is based in.

Eligibility criteria

You must be:

  • Currently registered as a nurse/paramedic
  • Currently working in an NHS board in Scotland
  • Eligible to attend a BASICS immediate care course

Please return form to
Or for more information phone Jayne on 07825779428 or email on the above address.

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