A group of volunteers who hit the city centre every weekend to help Aberdonians in need, have been gifted a potentially life-saving defibrillator.
The Aberdeen Street Pastors have taken ownership of the defib, which could make the difference between life and death in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
The device was purchased thanks to a donation from the Burgesses of Aberdeen, while we topped up funds as part of our drive to increase access to defibrillators across the country.
The defibrillator will be kept in the Street Pastors’ Safe Space truck, while provides a mobile base for the volunteer team as they offer help and advice to those enjoying the city’s nightlife each weekend.
Director of the Street Pastors in Aberdeen, Adrian Rowett, said: “The lack of a defibrillator in Aberdeen City Centre after shopping hours has been identified as a potential issue. We, as Street Pastor volunteers, are very grateful to the generosity of St John Scotland and the Burgesses of the City for making the donation of a defibrillator and appropriate training to us. Of course, we hope never to have to use it but it is wonderful to have access to a defibrillator on our Safe Space truck.”
Chair of St John Scotland’s local group in Aberdeen, Joe Mackie, said: “We know that sudden cardiac arrest is something that can happen to people of any age, at any time of day or night, and that having quick access to a defibrillator can make the difference between life and death. We’re proud to support the amazing work the Street Pastors do locally in helping potentially vulnerable people in need, and having this defibrillator will mean they’ll be able to act should the worst happen, to help save lives.”
Colin Taylor, Lord Dean of Guild of the Burgesses of Aberdeen, said: “Both as individuals and as an organisation, we are committed to events within and matters around our city, our motto is 'For Aberdeen'. Thus we were delighted to have the opportunity to support the good work of the Street Pastors in Aberdeen by funding a defibrillator alongside St John Scotland, which could well be to the benefit of many citizens of or visitors to our city.”