Newtongrange aims to get to heart of the matter

Appeal from the Heart
Appeal from the Heart

Newtongrange Community Council is to press ahead with plans to raise awareness of defibrillators in the village.

The local group is to look into how locals can access the life-saving equipment.

Speaking at the community council’s latest meeting, chairman Jason Ferry told members: “It would be good to have one centrally in the village.

“I think it will be worth writing to the Scottish Ambulance Service about training and promoting the subject to try to raise awareness of it in the community.”

Secretary Ron Campbell added: “A lot of defibrillator machines are in public places so people can access them. Be it the supermarket or the police station.

“Some of the staff at such places could be trained on how to use the equipment.”

The Advertiser is currently running its ‘From the Heart’ appeal, aimed at encouraging local organisations to get the life-saving equipment.

Since launching earlier this year the campaign has reported on local groups including primary schools and football clubs getting defibrillators.

Let us know if you’re raising money or awareness for local defibrillators here.