Heart help on hand at Linlithgow Rose

290713 Defribilator presentation at the linlithgow rose social club with l-r David Booth, Les Donaldson and Marshall Green.
290713 Defribilator presentation at the linlithgow rose social club with l-r David Booth, Les Donaldson and Marshall Green.

The Linlithgow First Responders group has presented Linlithgow Rose Social Club with a defibrillator in case of an emergency.

The defibrillator will be available whenever the club is open and especially on matchdays.

David Booth, Linlithgow First Responder group co-ordinator, said: ‘‘Being a social club with large numbers of people attending events and matchdays, this is a perfect location for one of the units. We held a training night for the committee and staff of the Rose Club, which had a very good attendance.

‘‘As a result 17 members are trained to do CPR and use the defibrillator.’’

David said the group is now in the situation where they are looking to approach other possible locations within the town to base a defibrillator.

The Journal and Gazette’s ‘‘Have a Heart’’ campaign, which started in 2009, raised enough cash for three defibrilaltors to be bought and based in Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Queensferry.

The campaign, entirely funded by the readers of the Journal and Gazette and local communities, also raised awareness of heart health and recruited volunteers to help man the machines around all three towns.

Since then in Linlithgow, fundraising by the group and Linlithgow Academy has enabled the group to buy additional life-saving machines,

David said: ‘‘A defibrillator is located at the Low Port Centre and another now at the Rose Club. We are in discussions as to the location for two more and still have additional funds for another.’’