An emergency device, which could save the life of someone who has had a cardiac arrest, has been installed at Netherthird Community Centre, near Cumnock in East Ayrshire, with St John Scotland's help.
Members of our Ayrshire and Arran area committee donated the majority of costs for the defibrillator, with staff from the community centre’s café, NCafe, contributing towards the costs by raising money through a bingo night.
The device, which has been installed on the outside wall of the centre, will be available 24/7 for the public to use in an emergency.
Cardiac arrest can affect people of all ages, at any time. Current survival rates are a dismal one in twenty. However, using a defibrillator within the first few minutes of collapse, alongside CPR, can greatly increase chances of survival.
Rose-Ann Cuninghame, Chair of St John Scotland’s Ayrshire and Arran committee, said: “We’re delighted to have helped the community centre install the defibrillator, it will be a great asset to the local community and we’re very happy to see it installed and operational.”
Margaret Campbell from the centre said: “We’re very grateful to St John Scotland in Ayrshire and Arran for providing much of the funding to help us get a defibrillator. We hope we won’t ever need to use it, but we’re all so glad it’s available in case we need it in an emergency.”