Fundraiser for defibrillator to be available 24/7 in Kilsyth

The defibrillator will be located at the Coachman Hotel
The defibrillator will be located at the Coachman Hotel

Kilsyth & Villages Community Assistance (KVCA) group and the British Heart Foundation are fundraising to provide 24/7 accessible defibrillator for Kilsyth town centre.

The unit will be sited at the Coachman Hotel to allow easy access to those in need – the cost will be £600 for defribillator, £200 for the case and £200 for maintenance.

KVCA chairwoman Cheryl Kennedy said: “Since my family and I went along to CPR training we had the idea of the defibrillator, since then my partners sister lost her fiancé due to a heart attack then a few weeks later our close friend had a heart attack behind the Coachman.

“This is very close to my heart as my grandpa, my hero, also had suffered many issues with his heart and had pacemaker and more done to save his life.

“It’s important to have this so lives can be saved before the blue light reaches them.”

The fundraising is being backed by Kilsyth councillor Mark Kerr.

He said: “When Cheryl brought this to me I had already been in discussion with others about the possibility, but the passion that Cheryl has shown makes me glad to stand with her, and the community in ensuring we have lifesaving equipment, usable and accessible to all, as near as possible to the “heart” of Kilsyth, its town centre.

“Please consider helping to bring this 24/7 lifesaver to the town. The group have set up a JustGiving page, for those able to assist and will be organising a number of fundraisers to find the £1000 needed for the project.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/heart-of-kilsyth-project.