The work of Lucky2bhere, the Skye-based life-saving charity received a massive boost from the emergency services in Stornoway recently when it received a cheque for £7311,79 arising from the annual soccer match between 999 service personnel and a fundraising evening event.
In the hard-fought game on Saturday August 13 at the Stornoway Running Track pitch, the police took a 2-0 lead, but the fire service came back with a 3-2 victory to take the cup home for another year. The police team included members of the ambulance, paramedical and Coastguard services.
Roddy Macdonald and Angus Morrison of Lucky2bhere on the Western Isles received the cheque on behalf of the charity and Angus talked of the huge progress made by Lucky2bhere during 2016.
The charity’s ambition is to improve survival rates for those who suffer cardiac arrest to match those of European countries such as the Netherlands. This is to be achieved by extensive training of the population in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques and the positioning of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices throughout the Islands and beyond.
This was the eighth year of the charity football match and a different charity is chosen each year to benefit. Although there were some funds raised from the game and its associated events like face-painting, the majority of the money came from the evening event held at the Stornoway Golf Club.
Angus Morrison said that there had been about seven Lucky2bhere AED devices on the Outer Hebrides at the start of the year, related to a small support group in Harris. Now there were 39, with around 500 people trained to use them – and he hopes that there will be 90 devices installed by the end of the year. “The emergency life-support training is key – we don’t put the machines in unless there are people who trained to use them,” said Angus.
Angus also explained that BT was working with community councils throughout the Islands to convert phoneboxes into bases for the AED devices – the councils can take over the boxes for £1 and BT would guarantee the power supply to the former phone-box for seven years. So far none of the work has been completed, but three boxes in North Lochs on Lewis – at Achmore, Crossbost, and Grimshader – have been assigned so far.
There’s an on-line map available showing locations of all the AEDs – and there are mobile apps available to download (App for Iphone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crowdsav/id523487908?mt=8
App for Android Devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crowdsav)