An Aberdeen woman was “overwhelmed” after being told her late husband’s employer had donated money for lifesaving equipment.
Barbara Laing, 70, lost her husband Billy last year when he had a cardiac arrest just days after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in Spain.
Billy was a much-loved member of staff at Byron Bakery in Northfield before his death and owners Fiona and Alistair Rait dug deep in honour of their colleague, donating £2,000 to purchase a defibrillator for the nearby community centre.
Barbara said: “I was overwhelmed, I thought it was a wonderful idea.
“We don’t know what happened to Billy because he was in the house on his own.
“I came back home and found him in the shower; when I left him he didn’t even have a sore head, it just happened so quick.
“I sincerely hope that it’s something that improves the local area.”
The donation made by the bakery was enough to buy the life-saving equipment outright, with a further £600 donation made by the St Nicholas Rotary Club for the locked box that will house the defibrillator.
Fiona said: “Our main thing about the bakery is about giving something back to the community.
“We like to give money to local causes because we get a great response from our customers.
“Sadly, Billy had already gone so there was nothing that we could do to help him.
“But we thought we could donate the money for the defib’ in Billy’s memory.
“If only there had been something like that available, that could have helped him, and hopefully it will save a lot of lives in this area.”
The defibrillator project was organised by Steven Lamb, the fundraising co-ordinator for the Northfield Community Centre.
Steven said: “It’s been ongoing since October, so I put out letters to all the businesses in the area and we managed to raise £2,600 altogether.
“Byron Bakery donated £2,000 to it, and they actually wanted to pay for the whole thing.
“We couldn’t let them do that, though, because we had other people who wanted to donate.
Steven added: “It’s more or less up and running so, really, we’re just now looking to highlight to people that it’s actually there.”