The Ayrshire and Arran area committee of St John Scotland this week held a successful coffee morning at St Columba’s Church hall in Stewarton, raising more than £1,800, to go towards providing a life-saving defibrillator for the town.
The committee are working with 1st Stewarton Boys’ Brigade to jointly fundraise for the defibrillator, which could prove vital in an emergency.
Each year 3,500 people suffer a cardiac arrest in Scotland, but currently only one in 20 survive. Using a defibrillator within the first minutes of collapse can greatly increase a person’s chance of survival.
It’s hoped the Stewarton defibrillator will be placed in a central location and available to the public 24/7 for use in an emergency.
Rose-Ann Cuninghame, Chair of St John Scotland Ayrshire and Arran area, said: “We’re delighted to have raised so much from the coffee morning, and want to thank everyone who contributed in any way and those who came along to support on the day. Having a defibrillator in the community is really important to people in Stewarton, so we are very pleased to be working with the Boys’ Brigade to help provide one.”
Willie Campbell, Captain of 1st Stewarton Boys’ Brigade, said: “It is an honour to be working with St John Scotland on the provision of a 24/7 defibrillator. It will be a great addition to the town, and a good opportunity for us as an organisation to help fundraise, and arrange installation and maintenance of the defibrillator.”