Defibrillator boost for village residents

Stuart Gordon of SMG Safety with Jennifer McLoughlin and some training session attendees
Stuart Gordon of SMG Safety with Jennifer McLoughlin and some training session attendees

A new piece of life-saving equipment has arrived at a north east village.

A public access defibrillator has been installed outside Foveran Village Hall and a special training session was held on Tuesday, April 30 to give residents the chance to see how it works.

CPR and defibrillator demonstrations were held on the night

CPR and defibrillator demonstrations were held on the night

The defibrillator was purchased thanks to fundraising efforts by Foveran-based personal trainer and representitive of the Foveran Village Hall Committee, Jennifer McLoughlin, and Marian Joyce of the ‘Fancier Foveran’ gardening group.

The ladies worked together to secure part of the funding from The Hill of Fiddes Community Fund and the rest from ‘Fancier Foveran’.

They also received donations from Foveran School, Belhelvie Young Farmers and Ellon Fire Service, which they would like to put towards the purchase of a second defibrillator for the other side of the village.

Speaking to the Times at the training event Jennifer said: “As a personal trainer I did some First Aid training and saw how important defibrillators are.

“It hit me that we are in a remote location and the nearest defibrillator was at Newburgh which is quite far away if someone collapsed.

“After speaking to Marian about it she felt the same way so we held a Village Hall Committee meeting and decided to start fundraising.

“I also felt strongly about getting a defibrillator for our village because I lost my father-in-law to cardiac arrest in 2014.

“We are delighted to officially launch the defibrillator here at last as we already had the device’s cabinet installed outside the hall.

“We have had fantastic support from local groups including Foveran School who held a Red Heart Day to raise money for us in place of Red Nose Day.

“We still have money to raise to enable us to purchase a second defibrillator so we will look to organise fundraising events in the future.”

Jennifer added: “I’m really pleased with the turnout here tonight, it is good to see people having a go and getting involved.

“I’m also glad to see there is a cross section of ages here too.

“Having a training session takes away the unknown about it, many people may see a defibrillator on the wall but don’t know what it does or how it works.”

Jennifer would be keen to deliver another training session in the village if there was enough demand, and is also considering delivering a talk to pupils at Foveran School.

Ellon & District councillor Richard Thomson attended the training session.

He commented: “Even with the best ambulance response times there is always going to be a need to provide CPR to those who need it.

“Up until now the nearest defibrillator was in Newburgh but now there is one here in Foveran village which is a real step forward.

“There has been a fantastic effort by everyone involved.”

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The machine installed at Foveran is designed to be used by everyone, including those who have had no prior training.

The defibrillator will provide clear instructions and advice to those using it and it will automatically assess the heart rhythm and will only deliver a shock if it’s needed.

By performing CPR and using a defibrillator, you’ll give someone the best possible chance of survival.