Bute defibrillator appeal raises more than £5,000

The appeal for funds to buy potentially vital life-saving equipment for use in Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay has reached a successful conclusion.
The appeal for funds to buy potentially vital life-saving equipment for use in Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay has reached a successful conclusion.

The appeal for funds to buy potentially-vital life-saving equipment for use in Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay at the south end of Bute has reached a successful conclusion.

A total of £5,173.42 has been raised by the appeal, enabling the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Improvements Committee to buy not one but two defibrillators - one to be installed at the weighbridge next to the old pier in Kilchattan Bay, and one on an external wall at Kingarth Hotel.

Committee secretary Liz Wren said: “Originally we were intending to purchase one defib for our community, but it became obvious very quickly that we were being supported to the hilt by the island.

“We are now in a position to maintain these units for some time to come.”

The new equipment will be demonstrated at a ‘defibrillator awareness’ event at Kingarth Hotel on Monday, December 10 at 7pm, when representatives from the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Community Heartbeat Trust will guide those present through the emergency procedure and the right way to use the equipment.