The Eric Liddell Centre has become the latest recipient of a public access defibrillator through St John Scotland’s ‘St John and the City’ project.
The ‘St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project’, which has been backed by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, has now placed over 130 life-saving defibrillators across Edinburgh and surrounding areas since its inception last year.
The latest defibrillator, which was funded by the Viewforth Trust, can be found within the Eric Liddell Centre, to the wall on the right after the main entrance.
The aim of St John Scotland’s project is to place life saving devices at strategic sites – known as Hosts – across Edinburgh, taking into account the volume of people in the immediate vicinity. The project has seen St John Scotland’s Edinburgh committee team up with various businesses – or donors – around the city to place life-saving defibrillators in key locations – including Edinburgh’s tram network.
John MacMillan, CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you on behalf of everyone at The Eric Liddell Centre to St John Scotland for the defibrillator. Hopefully we will never have to use the device but having it here on site is extremely reassuring as it could save somebody’s life.
“We have placed it very close to the main entrance and all our staff have been trained in how it is used. I’d also like to thank the person who donated the funds, as we all now have peace of mind knowing should anything happen, we have the correct tools in place to save a life.”
Lynn Cleal, Fundraising Chair of St John Scotland’s Edinburgh committee commented: “The St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project is committed to placing life-saving devices across the city, and we are delighted to have been given the funding for the Eric Liddell Centre defibrillator from a very generous donor. Defibrillators are incredibly easy to use and could prove critical in an emergency.”