Saving Lives
Every Day


Russell's LeJoG 2016

In August 2016, Russell Jones from Kingussie undertook a solo, unsupported  ‘end to end’ 900 mile cycle challenge from Land's End to John O' Groats over a ten day period to raise funds for Lucky2BHere and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. His decision to embark on this challenge was principally in memory of his brother, Mike who suffered a sudden hemorrhagic stoke in March and sadly passed away 4 days later without regaining consciousness. Following that in June, a good friend suffered a stroke and is now battling his way back to fitness.

Russell has been well connected with Lucky2BHere since the charity was formed and is now the lead Emergency Life Support trainer in the Badenoch & Strathspey area.

Both charities are indebted to Russell for his endeavours which has raised over £9000. Thank You!

Russell is pictured having safely arrived at John O'Groats.


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