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Kind hearted Walking Footballers donate defib

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Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is the home of a brand new defibrillator, thanks to a fundraising initiative from three Walking Football groups in the city. 

Players from the Hearts, Oriam and Edinburgh City clubs worked together to purchase the life-saving device, which has been sited just outside Gorgie City Farm below the bridge in Gorgie Road.

The defib has been installed as part of our St John and the City Defibrillator Project, which has helped install more than 130 defibs across the city and surrounding areas.

The players raised the money by putting on a raffle and collecting donations from across the teams.

David Barr, who plays in goal for Hearts 56 said: “I was delighted to present the defibrillator along with representatives of all three clubs. A couple of our guys have had their lives saved with one of these machines. This would not have been possible without the help of the lads selling the tickets at the various venues so a big thank you to Jimmy Bremner, Alan Thomson and David Fairgrieve.”

St John Scotland is currently working with Walking Football clubs across the country to help players learn life-saving CPR, and recently attended the Walking Football Scottish Cup event in Glasgow to offer free CPR training to players and spectators.

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