Primary school in Mayfield gets life-saving machine

Erin Murray, Josh Gately (holding defib) and Robert Donnelly. Front Row: Aiden Todd, Cassidy Young and Lacey Duncan. Pupils at St Luke's Primary in Mayfield with their recently acquired defibrillator machine.
Erin Murray, Josh Gately (holding defib) and Robert Donnelly. Front Row: Aiden Todd, Cassidy Young and Lacey Duncan. Pupils at St Luke's Primary in Mayfield with their recently acquired defibrillator machine.

A Midlothian primary school has taken delivery of a new life-saving defibrillator machine thanks to a relative of Boyzone star Stephen Gately.

St Luke’s Primary School in Mayfield now has the £1,200 machine after parent Claire Gately emphasised the importance of a defibrillator to the school. Claire is the sister in law of the singer, who died of a heart defect in 2009.

She is delighted that the school now has the life-saving equipment: “I’m really chuffed about it, especially with the statistics that say that 12 young fit and healthy people under 35 die from an undiagnosed heart condition every week in the UK.

“I have got two boys at the school and this gives me peace of mind. Especially with the 
history in my family.

“It’s great that local groups like the school and yourselves at the Advertiser are getting involved and raising awareness as that’s what we need.”

The Advertiser launched Appeal from the Heart this year to encourage local groups to get a defibrillator machine.

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.