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New defib for East Lothian sports hub

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Lynn Cleal, St John and the City project lead, with Nic Wilson of GSDT and Maureen Hunter of Gullane Flower Club

The East Lothian village of Gullane has just installed a life-saving Public Access Defibrillator, with help from St John Scotland. 

It's the latest local community to join the St John and the City project, which has helped install defibrillators across Edinburgh and surrounding areas over the past two years. While many have been placed in the city centre, an increasing number are being added outwith the city, to help local communities be resilient in the event of cardiac arrest. 

The defibrillator has been sited at the village's new sports pavillion, which was recently completed as part of a project by the volunteer-run Gullane Sports Development Trust to develop recreation grounds for use by the whole community.

The pavilion is well used by local adult and junior clubs, individuals, the nearby primary school, and East Lothian Council's Active Schools programmes, making it an ideal location for a piece of life-saving equipment.

Funding for the defibrillator came from the Gullane Flower Club, who celebrated their 25th anniversary by holding a Flower Festival locally. Proceeds from the festival were donated to the Sports Development Trust for the purchase of a defibrillator. 

Nic Wilson from the Gullane Sports Development Trust said: "When the Gullane Flower Club proposed the Trust as the nominated charity for their fundraiser, we were delighted, and even more so with the idea of raised funds enabling the installation of the first 24-hour-access defibrillator in the village. I'm sure we speak on behalf of all Gullane residents in saying this is a fantastic, life-saving addition to the village."

Early in the new year, Gullane residents and those who use the sports facilities will be invited to take part in a CPR and defibrillator awareness session to help the whole community be ready to respond in the event of cardiac arrest.

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