Protecting the Hearts of our Communities
‘The Loch Ken Trust has given us the gift of saving a life.’ -Ceri Moran, Clarebrand.
The Trust has funded new publicly accessible defibrillators and heated boxes to 6 Loch Ken communities this month, as part of their ‘Protecting Our Heart’ project.
The project is part of the Loch Ken Plan, which aims to make Loch Ken the world’s first ‘Future Ready Community’. In a rural area like ours the wait time for an ambulance can be lengthy, and the survival rates for heart attacks are lower than the national average. Since we are unlikely to see extra ambulances in the area, the Trust decided to expand the network of existing defibs to provide better coverage.
There are now defibrillators in heated boxes installed at the following locations around the loch; Forrest Estate, Dundeugh, Glenlochar, Clarebrand, New Galloway, Crossmichael and Mossdale. The project was funded by a grant secured from the National Lottery’s Awards For All programme and supported by the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.
Please watch this space for details of cardiac training which will be available in the near future.