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Comhairle Rolls Out Emergency Life Support Training Across Schools

Western Isles Councillors have agreed to roll out a programme providing life-saving equipment and emergency life-support training to schools across the Western Isles. The Comhairle is the first local authority in Scotland to introduce Emergency Life Support onto the Curriculum for Excellence.

 The Education and Children’s Services Committee agreed to grant £30k toward the Lucky2BHere project which will see defribillators installed and training provided at all schools in the Western Isles.

 Cllr Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children’s Services, said: “Schools play a vital part in communities and this equipment and training will add to the resilience of those communities. There are defribillators at a number of locations across the islands including some schools where the pupils have been very enthusiastic about the scheme. However this programme will increase that provision so that all schools have the equipment and training. Importantly the aim is to have the equipment on the outside of school buildings so that it is available for community use at any time.”

 Lucky2BHere was established by Ross Cowie in December 2009 after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. His life was saved due to an ambulance being nearby with skilled crew and the life saving equipment that they carried. Ross said: “Lucky2BHere has been lobbying for Emergency Life Support to be on the Curriculum for Excellence for a number of years. For the Western Isles Schools to do so and to be the first in Scotland to do so, is fantastic news and I congratulate the Comhairle on taking forward this initiative”.

Angus Morrison is a Trainer and Co-ordinator of Lucky2BHere in the Western Isles. He said: “This is good news for communities across the Western isles and I am delighted that it has been agreed to proceed with this programme of life-saving equipment and training.”


Footie Fundraiser for Lucky2BHere

Skye & Lochalsh Veterans 8 Balfron Rovers Old Crocks 4

Well done to everyone that participated in the charity game in Kyleakin on Saturday 19 March 2016. The Skye & Lochalsh Veterans were down 3-2 at half time and after a stern talking to by the 'Special One' they found their form and ran out winners by 8 goals to 4. This tally for Skye & Lochalsh apparently included a world class penalty which we are sure will become legendary in football tall-tales in years to come.

To date £1650 has been raised for Lucky2BHere funds. A superb effort and well done to John 'Slippy' Finlayson who took on the challenge of organising the charity event. Thanks also to Balfron Rovers Old Crocks for travelling north and we trust you all had a great visit to Skye & Lochalsh.

Old Crocks

Early recognition, early CPR, early defibrillation

'Making a difference to communities across Scotland' is a mission statement we use in promotion material and this is clearly a key objective of the charity. The community in Poolewe made that difference on the evening of Friday 8th January 2016 when a local resident suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the village hall. A trainee paramedic (also a Lucky2BHere ELS trainer), a local nurse and a retained firefighter stepped forward and did what they're trained to do. Equally important was the presence in the hall of a defibrillator provided via Lucky2BHere. Resultantly we now have a person in hospital who we sincerely wish a speedy recovery. Massive thanks to those involved in this situation and finally this goes to prove what can be achieved with early recognition, early CPR and early defibrillation.