Defibrillator donation

Defibrillator training under way at the Woodend Community Complex
Defibrillator training under way at the Woodend Community Complex

A property services company has donated a defibrillator to a busy Deeside community facility.

The life-saving equipment will be housed at the Woodend Barn in the midst of the Woodend Community Complex on the outskirts of Banchory.

The local office of Strutt and Parker decided to donate the medical apparatus as part of the firm’s charity funding for the year.

The defibrillator will be available to all the users of Woodend, which include Banchory Christian Fellowship, Buchanans Cafe Bistro, Woodend Barn Community Arts Centre, the Allotments and Deeside Rugby Club, of which Strutt and Parker are sponsors.

David Smart, partner in the company’s Banchory office, said: “We have long been associated with the Sandpiper Trust, a charity working to improve’s rural emergency medical care, of which one of the founders was former Strutt and Parker (Scotland) chairman Robin Maitland.

“We felt funding a defibrillator fitted in well alongside the Sandpiper Trust as it is all about improving emergency medical help in rural areas.

“We felt it was appropriate to locate it in the Woodend complex as it has a high footfall and is visited by a wide demographic.

“It is a sensible location in which to have a defibrillator and we are delighted to be able to provide this facility for the community.”

The defibrillator was presented to Woodend landlord and Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett at an event last Wednesday afternoon attended by representatives from the various community groups which use the facility.