Local groups have a heart

Denise Gillies, Chair of Newtowngrange  Gala Day Committee,Connor Wright, Gala Day Committee member with the new machine, and  Ron Campbell, Secretary of Newtongrange Community Council.
Denise Gillies, Chair of Newtowngrange Gala Day Committee,Connor Wright, Gala Day Committee member with the new machine, and Ron Campbell, Secretary of Newtongrange Community Council.

Two community groups have come together to provide life- saving equipment for locals, purchasing two defibrillator machines for public use.

Newtongrange Community Council and Newtongrange Gala Day Committee each purchased a defibrillator, mounted on the external walls of Newtongrange Library and Newbattle Police Station - at each end of the village.

Funding for the heated’ storage boxes was obtained through a grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and the defibrillators were mounted by the works team from Midlothian Council, registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service, and then brought into use last month.

Ron Campbell, Newtongrange Community Council secretary, said: “Public access defibrillators are becoming more common now, and have proved to be life-saving equipment. It is pleasing to find that our community has come together to provide two of these potentially life-saving pieces of equipment.”

Denise Gillies, Newtongrange Gala Day Committee chairman, said: “The gala day committee was willing to put this forward for the village as we thought it was a good thing to protect people, and we hope to get some of our youth committee as well as myself trained up to use it very soon.”

It is envisaged that when a member of the public calls the ambulance service via 999 to report a heart attack, the ambulance service would tell the caller the location of the nearest defibrillator and the code to unlock the box.