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Now there are 123!

When the Eilean Siar team started three years ago, there were seven AEDs in the Western Isles – now there are 123. A huge well done to Angus, Fiona, Roddy and everyone else involved in Eilean Siar. What you have achieved on a voluntary basis in such a short time is truly amazing! 

Four years ago, on January 28th 2015, Angus Morrison of Balallan suffered a heart attack. More fortunate than some, he survived the traumatic experience and started thinking what could be done to get help quickly to people in a similar situation.

For Angus, Councillor for the Uig and North Lochs District, that moment was life-changing in more ways than one. It set him off on a quest to ensure that easy-to-use life-saving equipment could be made readily available in public places and it set in motion a shift in thinking that would touch people all over the Western Isles.

"You never know when someone is going to collapse from a cardiac arrest," said Angus. "The first few minutes in that situation are vital to increase their chance of survival. Not everyone can be saved by using a defibrillator, but we thought if we could save just one life by having them available, it would be worth it. And it’s not just that all those defibrillators have been installed. Thousands of people, including children throughout the Western Isles, have received training in how to administer CPR and the use of a defibrillator, with Lucky2Bhere providing the training and installation advice."

There is now a defibrillator in every school in the Western Isles, supplied by Lucky2Bhere, a tremendous achievement in itself. The defibrillators are located outside the school, so they can be used during term time and at the same time be available to the community outwith school hours. All are accessible 24/7 for any sudden need.

 

 

Eilean Siar

3 lives saved in 5 days!

The lives of three people who suffered cardiac arrests within the space of five days across the Highlands & Islands in June 2018, were saved thanks in part to public access defibrillators and training provided by Lucky2BHere. 

Lisa MacInnes, Director of the national organisation Save A Life Scotland has described the survival of Cherill Parry (66) from Gairloch, Ian MacLeod (52) from Inverness, and 75-year-old John Burgis from Port of Ness in Lewis — each of whom was treated with a Lucky2Bhere automatic external defibrillator — as “exceptional” and said that the work of the charity should “inspire other communities throughout Scotland”.

L2BH Founder Ross Cowie is pictured with Western Isles Councillor Angus Morrison and Lucky2here Trainer Fiona Finlayson, who was the first to respond to the call in Ness and successfully resuscitated John Burgis.

Read John, Cherill and Ian's stories as reported in the West Highland Free Press

 

Ross Cowie, Fiona Finalyson and Angus Morrison

Be Brave, Aim High!

On the 16th June 2018, Alastair successfully cycled the SW300.  A 24 hours long gruelling challenge, covering 300 miles through the stunning scenery of the remote South West of Scotland.  L2BH was delighted to be one of his three chosen charities, receiving a £1,000 donation towards our work.  Thank you Alastair! 

Alastair cycles the SW300