Dalkeith Thistle receive life-saving equipment

Pictured are event organiser Steven Williams of Lothian Veterans Centre, Major Tony Igoe of the Territorial Army, Cllr Bennett and Chris Matson.
Pictured are event organiser Steven Williams of Lothian Veterans Centre, Major Tony Igoe of the Territorial Army, Cllr Bennett and Chris Matson.

Dalkeith Thistle FC were presented with a new “Heart-Start” defibrillator by local Councillor Alex Bennett (Lab) at the recent five-a-side festival held in King’s Park on Armed Forces Day.

Dalkeith Thistle committee member Chris Matson gratefully received the equipment on behalf of the club, he said: “We would like to thank Councillor Bennett for his help in obtaining this kit - I’d spoken to the guys at Danderhall Miners Welfare FC who recently obtained one and they pointed us to Alex for support.”

Sports clubs in the region have backed the Advertiser’s ‘Appeal from the Heart’ campaign which aims to support local organisations raise awareness of source funding for life-saving defibrillator equipment.

Similarly the Jamie Skinner Foundation also does great work in promoting their use, and Dalkeith Thistle plan to raise money at some point this season in support of the work they do. The organisation was set up in memory of the 13-year-old Tynecastle FC player who sadly died of cardiac arrest while playing football in December 2013.