Community defibrillator installed at Collieston

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RESIDENTS at a Formartine village will be a bit safer this week, after a new community defibrillator was installed at the village.

Residents David and Chris Stewart, who helped organise the ‘Collieston Bravehearts’ to fundraise for the facility, told the Times that they had been overwhelmed by the village’s response. The couple were moved to take action after Chris underwent heart valve replacement surgery.

The defibrillator, fixed in a visible spot near the top of the village, includes spoken instructions on its use, meaning untrained individuals can use the device. Cards giving the access code have been distributed, so that people in the village have access to the machine if it is needed.

David told the Times: “We approached the Community Council, who immediately embraced the idea enthusiastically, offering, in effect, to underwrite the fundraising. We organised a raffle and had a “Collieston Bravehearts” weekend of coffees, teas, soup and pudding. We were astonished to find that in a very short space of time - with some donations and sponsorship - we raised almost £3000, more than enough to fund the defib and its installation.”

He added that he hoped Collieston’s success would encourage other small communities in the area to invest in the potentially life-saving equipment.

“We want to encourage other small communities to think about doing something similar. The sum needed is relatively modest, and it is a cause which attracts ready support. The Community Council here has decided it will fund a second defib for the village, at a site yet to be finalised.”