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North-west Sutherland Community Gym Install Life-saving Equipment!

10 May 2022

A villiage gym in north-west Sutherland has secured two sets of essential life-saving equipment for its local community.

Thanks to their fundraising efforts, Kinlochbervie High School Community Gym have installed a pair of automated external defibrillator (AED) units at two different locations in the village.

The first has been installed at the gym itself, and the other at an out-of-village location. A third AED is already in situ at Kinlochbervie village hall.

Paula Macleod, admin team leader for North West Sutherland schools said: “We want our pupils, staff, gym users and visitors to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that even although we are a remote and rural school, if the worse should happen we are equipped and ready to help.

“As there is an outside defib just along from the high school at the village hall, we thought it would be good to place the other one further down towards Oldshoremore and Blairmore where there is a lot of summer footfall.”

The second defib found a home at Oldshoremore Retreats in Rhiconich. It has been installed in a temperature controlled cabinet and is available for public use if needed.

Angela Whitlock-Johnson, proprietor of Oldshoremore Retreats said: “We’ve been working closely with the community providing EMDR therapy, Clinical Hypnosis and Yoga Therapy for the past few months, often working with people with anxiety. We also have a number of visitors on site or passing by and so felt it was essential to have a defibrillator.

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