An emergency defibrillator – which could save a life in the event of cardiac arrest – has been unveiled in a north-east community.
A fundraising effort by members of the community in Westhill raised more than £1,300 to buy the device, which is located at Westdyke Leisure Centre.
The fundraising effort was launched by the centre’s coach Lindsay Halliday when she ran the Stonehaven Half Marathon in July.
Donations were also offered from centre visitors keen to support the community.
Shona McBain, manager at Westdyke Leisure Centre, said: “We recently attended a first aid course and realised what a vital piece of equipment a defibrillator is, and also how easy they are to use.
“The centre is really busy here throughout the week, with people of all ages attending classes, so we wanted to be able to have access to a defibrillator should we ever need it in an emergency.
“It was important to us that it was available for the whole community to use, so we were grateful that St John Scotland helped us to buy a cabinet which means it can be accessed 24/7, even when the centre is closed.
“We’d also like to thank everyone who donated towards it and helped with the fundraising, we’re delighted that it’s now installed.”
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National charity St John Scotland also contributed to the funds to help buy the defibrillator, as part of their drive to increase access to the devices across the country.
The unveiling follows the installation of another device in September at Westhill Shopping Centre, around a mile along the road from the leisure centre – meaning the whole community is now within minutes’ reach of one, while there is also one at Lawsondale sports pavilion.
Joe Mackie, chairman of St John Scotland’s volunteers in Aberdeen and the north-east, said: “Our work as a charity is all about saving and enhancing life, so we are very pleased that we’ve been able to help Westdyke Leisure Centre to provide this defibrillator for the benefit of everyone in the local community.
“Modern defibrillators are easy to use, and designed to be put into action by any member of the public, with no previous training required.”