Carnoustie in Angus now has seven public access defibrillators which can save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest. The latest two to be installed have a difference, as they are both in memory of local man Graeme Bell, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident on 3 November 2017.
Graeme was 27 and his loss was keenly felt by his family and their many friends, who set about collecting money for a memorial.
A chance conversation with Lynn Lawrence, Angus Area Co-ordinator of St John Scotland’s First Responders, prompted Graeme’s wife Jenni to direct fundraising efforts towards installing a defibrillator in the town in his memory.
So successful were their efforts that they were able to provide not one, but two defibrillators for the town. One has been installed at the Station Hotel, opposite the railway station, and one at the Barry end of the town, at Carnoustie Tyres. They both movingly remember Graeme in an inscription on each cabinet, and were installed in time to mark the anniversary of Graeme’s loss.
Graeme’s wife Jenni said how grateful the family were to everyone who contributed, not just in Carnoustie but all over, and to the management of the Station Hotel and Carnoustie Tyres for allowing the installations.
The defibrillators are now registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service, so anyone responding to a cardiac arrest in the area will be directed to their nearest device by 999 call handlers.
Lynn Lawrence of the First Responders team will be a guardian for both defibrillators, ensuring their are in good working order and reporting regularly to the Scottish Ambulance Service.