Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was today presented with a defibrillator by Cllr Angus Morrison, a Volunteer Trainer and local Co-ordinator with the Lucky2BHere charity.

Lucky2BHere supplies lifesaving defibrillators and trains users in emergency life support (ELS) -  the training course lasts for about two and a half hours. The fundraising initiative was set up in 2009 by Ross Cowie of Portree, following his survival from a sudden cardiac arrest. His life was saved only by the quick response and the skills of the crew on a passing ambulance.

To help the people who helped him, Ross set up Lucky2BHere to raise funds to help reduce response times, particularly in rural areas and hopefully to save more lives.

Cllr Morrison, who himself suffered a heart attack in January 2014 is well aware of the importance of timeous intervention and would like to see these units in every community in the Western Isles:

“After recovering from my own heart attack, I had a discussion with paramedic, Roddy MacDonald to discuss opportunities on how to raise awareness of emergency lifesaving equipment in the event of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. We decided to contact Lucky2BHere to ascertain how best to provide defibrillators and training in communities throughout the Western Isles."

Demand for these life-saving pieces of equipment has increased so much over the last couple of months that a local  team of Lucky2BHere Eilean Siar has been set up led by Roddy MacDonald and Councillor Morrison. In the last couple of weeks the team have been busy supplying defibrillators and training in Leverburgh, Tarbert, North Tolsta, Grimshader and now at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices in Stornoway. Over the coming months training courses will take place in various locations throughout the Western Isles.

Lucky2BHere relies completely on fundraising and donations. If you wish to find out more information please contact Angus Morrison on 07880172971 or visit: http://www.lucky2bhere.org/

On Friday 20th May, 17 Comhairle members of staff were trained in Emergency Life Support which includes CPR and how to use defibrillators in the event of an emergency. Pictured with Comhairle staff are members of the team of Lucky2BHere EILEAN SIAR who delivered the training.

Comhairle staff participate in CPR and defibrillator training

Cllr Angus Morrison presents a defibrillator to Comhairle Chief Executive, Malcolm Burr. The defibrillator is to be located at the main reception of the Council offices.