East Neuk takes defibrillator campaign to heart

Martin Dibley (left)
Martin Dibley (left)
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THE East Neuk Community Councils Group has undertaken an ambitious project to purchase and maintain Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) across the East Neuk of Fife.

The aim is to have mapped PADs in each village which will be accessible 24 hours a day.

The group says the machines will greatly increase the chances of survival of local people and visitors, should they suffer a cardiac arrest.

The campaign is seen as a leading example in Scotland of communities working together for the common good.

Over half of the 12 East Neuk community councils have already responded positively and it is hoped to get the first defibrillators in place in the next few months.

As more councils come on board, it is hoped all 12 will eventually be involved.

Unfortunately, Largoward does not have a community council at the moment, but the aim is to work with other groups and members of the community to include it as well.

Group chair Martin Dibley said: “You are more likely to need a defibrillator than a fire extinguisher, yet every building is fitted with a fire extinguisher but very few with a defibrillator.

“In an ideal world, you would have a PAD in every public building in every community, but we have to start somewhere.

“We have received a wonderful donation of £4000 from Operation Heart Start, St Andrews & East Neuk, which has really boosted the campaign, and I’m sure if we can get the local people and businesses behind this, we will be able to achieve our goal.”

Gillian Duncan, co-ordinator/chairp of East Neuk First Responders, which is also supporting the project, added: “This will further enhance the work we do in the East Neuk and give victims of sudden cardiac arrest a much better chance of a positive outcome.”

•If anyone would like to find out more about the campaign or make a donation, they should contact Martin Dibley, on 01333 311 890 martin.dibley@gmail or their own community council.