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Community members Lealey Hastings, Alan Wallace and Robin Hastings are shown how to use the defibulater by a member of the Pitmedden First Response, with Scout Leader Keith Hewitt.

Community members Lealey Hastings, Alan Wallace and Robin Hastings are shown how to use the defibulater by a member of the Pitmedden First Response, with Scout Leader Keith Hewitt.

Methlick residents have received a life-saving donation recently from the local Scouts in the village.

The defibrillator - which can be accessed by members of the public - was installed at the village’s Ythanview Hotel last weekend.

Funds to purchase the equipment came from the group as well as a donation from Foundation Scotland and Total EP&F Ltd.

Scout Leader, Keith Hewitt told the Times that he was pleased that their hard work had paid off.

Keith said: “It’s been quite a challenge and taken a few years to make happen, but we are really chuffed.

“The group fundraise to keep going and we are also raising funds for some members who are going on a trip to Japan.

“The scouts raised some of the money through a pub quiz held at The Ythanview Hotel and we secured a grant from Foundation Scotland, but we were still a bit short so Total EP&F Ltd stepped in to help.”

In conjunction with the donation, training sessions were held at Methlick Scout Hut by the Pitmedden First Responders which allowed the villagers to learn more about how to use the equipment.

Keith added that one of the Pitmedden First Responders - Jim Young - had said that it was one of the first villages he knew of that had one put in place and that it was great to see in somewhere like Methlick.

Now funding has been secured for the future upkeep of the equipment.

He said: “The Royal British Legion – Methlick Branch paid for the training sessions and one of their members who is an employee at Wood Group have said that the firm will cover the running costs of the equipment over the next 3-5 years.”

The scout leader added that many members of the community turned out to attend the training classes.

He said:” There was a decent turnout at both events. The defibrillator is there for public access and will be there if it is required, although we do hope that won’t happen!

“We want to make the community aware that it is there if it is required.”

 

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