Defibrillator boost for villages

David Hekelaar of Tarves Community Council, David Bell of Udny Community Trust and Ros Deane of Barthol Chapel Community Association with the new Udny Green defibrillator
David Hekelaar of Tarves Community Council, David Bell of Udny Community Trust and Ros Deane of Barthol Chapel Community Association with the new Udny Green defibrillator

Five Formartine villages have had emergency defibrillators installed making essential lifesaving equipment available 24-hours a day.

The communities of Barthol Chapel, Hattoncrook, Pitmedden, Tarves and Udny Green now have defibrillators located at a central point in each village.

The emergency devices are designed to be used by members of the public coming to the aid of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Along with the equipment, information sessions have been held in Barthol Chapel, Pitmedden, Tarves and Udny Green to raise awareness of what the defibrillators do as well as the importance of CPR.

These sessions have been led by the Scottish Ambulance Service and the local Pitmedden First Responders team.

Organisations that have worked together to make this project happen are Barthol Chapel Community Association, Pitmedden First Responders, Tarves Community Council and Udny Community Trust.

The project has been funded by Udny Community Trust, NHS Grampian Endowment Fund, SPAR Duthie of Tarves and the B999 Health Trust.

Udny Community Trust development officer, Eleanor Morris, said: “We are grateful to the funders and various local business and facilities that have made this possible.

“We would also like to thank the electrical contractors who installed the cabinets that house the defibrillators; Pitmedden Electrical Service and Alan Middleton of Tarves.”

The defibrillators are located at Barthol Chapel School, Hattoncrook Deli, Melvin Hall in Tarves, Pitmedden Public Hall and Udny Green phonebox.

The next awareness session will be held in the Melvin Hall, Tarves on Saturday, July 9 at 10am and Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm.

To book a place or discuss future sessions call Udny Community Trust on 01651 843776.