A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed outside the Lerwick lifeboat station – with the crew especially thankful to an anonymous donor who pledged £900 to a funding appeal to help pay for its costs.
The public defibrillator is fitted in highly visible protective cabinet outside the station door next to the small boat harbour, which is a popular spot for locals and visitors throughout the year.
It has been part-funded by a grant from the British Heart Foundation, and a local crowdfunding effort raised the extra money required to purchase the equipment and stainless-steel cabinet necessary to house it.
Scottish charity Lucky2BHere, which has helped to provide many defibrillators in Shetland, has also provided training to the lifeboat crew.
Defibrillators can provide essential lifesaving support for anyone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Lerwick lifeboat coxswain Darren Harcus said: “Installing this defibrillator fits well with our function as the charity which saves lives at sea. This will be an important lifesaving asset for the Lerwick waterfront, partly paid for by the local community.
“We’d like to thank all those who have made donations for this defibrillator, the British Heart Foundation who have provided grant funding, Lucky2BHere who have provided support, and our RNLI estates team who have dealt with the necessary paperwork to install and provide electrical power to the defibrillator on the building.”
A defibrillator has also recently been installed in the Shetland Library in Lerwick.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 350 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or by monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News