Butchers help to save a life.
Byline: Kaiya Marjoribanks
Two butchers from Stirling are among those uniting behind a campaign launched this week which will see them raising money for community defibrillators.
Hugh Black and Son and the team from Falleninch Farm Butchers are among 34 butchers across Scotland who are supporting the life-saving initiative.
The idea behind the Butchers at the Heart of the Community initiative, supported by Scottish Craft Butchers, the Scotch Butchers Club and Save a Life Scotland, was started by butcher Pamela Hunter from Hunters of Kinross.
TV presenter Carol Smillie, a keen supporter of the Save a Life Scotland campaign, joined around 30 butchers from throughout Scotland at the launch in Stirling this week.
The main aim of the initiative is to help and encourage people living in communities throughout Scotland to be ready and confident in delivering CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for those who have suffered a cardiac arrest.
In December 2016, a regular and popular customer of Hunters picked up his order and headed off to celebrate the new year. He never returned to the shop after suffering a cardiac arrest and it was his wife who told the team at Hunters, the awful news.
Since then, Pamela has worked tirelessly in her community, running raffles and special events to raise funds to buy a 24-hour publicly accessible defibrillator, which is now located outside their shop.
Following the success of the fund-raising project by Hunters of Kinross, the initiative is now being rolled out across Scotland.
The project is not only about providing a defibrillator to communities, but training for both staff and customers on how to use them and deliver CPR.
Lisa MacInnes, Director of the Save a Life Scotland campaign said: "Someone who is having a cardiac arrest needs immediate help, you cannot make the situation worse for them and so saving lives from cardiac arrest really does begin in the community."
Butchers interested in getting involved should contact Save a Life Scotland by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Collection tins will be supplied by Scottish Craft Butchers and the Scotch Butchers Club.
All heart Butchers from all over Scotland, including two from Stirling, backing community defibrillator scheme