Bute defibrillator appeal passes £3,000 mark

MORE than £3,000 has been raised to enable the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Improvements Committee to buy two potentially life-saving defibrillators for use at the south end of the island.

Chair of the committee, Bill Wren, told The Buteman that donations had come in from all over the island, not just from residents of Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay, in addition to a generous donation from Argyll and Bute Trust.

“We’re hoping to purchase two defibrillators in the next week or so, but we will still need funding for the installation of the devices, for spare pads, etc., so any further donations would be gratefully received,” Bill said.

In the event of an emergency, the defibrillator can save precious time until the ambulance service arrives, delivering an electrical current to the heart during a life-threatening arrhythmia such as a heart attack, by a member of the community trained in the use of the device.

The plan is for one defibrillator to be located at the pier in Kilchattan Bay for village use, with the second one at Kingarth Hotel, within easy reach of Bute Golf Club’s course nearby.

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