Building Futures


The ground-breaking, life-saving partnership initiative launched by East Ayrshire Council is continuing to bear fruit as three more local community groups received defibrillator equipment donated by local contractors.

Last week, Bonnyton Thistle Football Club, Muirkirk Community Council and Dalrymple, Hollybush and Skeldon Project met with their donor businesses as their defibrillator equipment was handed over.

CCG donated equipment to Muirkirk Community Council where CCG Director, Calum Murray, met with David McLatchie of Muirkirk Community Council and locally-elected members.

This unique initiative, devised by the Council’s Health and Safety Service and Procurement, encourages local contractors to donate life-saving equipment for distribution within the communities where they are undertaking work, as part of their obligations to provide wider local community benefits during the life of their contract with the Council.

Councillor Neal Ingram, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety, Roads and Transportation and Community Cohesion said:

“This initiative is really gathering momentum and I’m extremely grateful to our contractors Unico, Life Environmental, Rhodar and CCG for their generous donations. These acts of kindness will genuinely help to save lives in our local communities and they showcase the real benefits of partnership working. These businesses are leading by example and they should be proud of the contributions they are making to our communities.”

As part of this initiative, local community organisations are also being offered training and support in the safe usage of defibrillator equipment and how to do CPR. Over 500 people have completed the training so far which is delivered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Council’s Events and Resilience Officer.

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