Hopes for life-saving equipment in Aboyne

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A Mid Deeside project group is hoping to save lives by raising funds for up to eight defibrillators and boxes in the Aboyne area.

Local community organisations Mid Deeside Community Council (MDCC) and Mid Deeside Ltd (MDL) have combined to form a specific project group which aims to install a number of public accessed defibrillators (PADS) in their operating area.

The group has also been supported by the Bellwood Area Residents Association (BARA), as well as the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Tarland and Mid Deeside Community First Responders.

During 2014 BARA successfully applied to the British Heart Foundation for grant assistance with the installation of a defibrillator.

With the help of a donation, the first defibrillator is to be installed at the ambulance station in Aboyne with an opening ceremony on March 7.

The equipment will be housed in a purpose-made box, which is both heated and alarmed, and is accessible to the public 24 hours a day. The defibrillator at the ambulance station will be named ‘Bob’s Box’ in memory of the donor’s husband, Robert Lees Milne.

The project group has already applied for two more defibrillators through the Scottish Ambulance Service, with sites agreed should funding allow their installation. The proposed locations are the Village Hall in Kincardine O’Neil and the Boat Inn, Aboyne. Other potential sites in the area are currently under review.

With the support of local GP and BHF organiser Dr Jack Taylor and the First Responders, 50 local residents have already been trained to use the life-saving equipment. A further free training event at 7.30pm on March 8 will allow for the training of 20 more people. The group hopes to train 100 residents to use the equipment, which is completely safe to operate.

A fundraising bag-pack at the Co-op store in Aboyne on February 13 and 14 will also help raise funds towards the installation of further defibrillators. It is hoped that the project could eventually extend to other areas of Deeside.

Booking for the training day is essential. Call Barry Hauxwell on 013398 85553.