Scotmid helped to bring a life-saving community project to fruition by installing Pumpherston Community Council’s 24/7 public access defibrillator on the side of the village’s store situated in Drumshoreland Road.
The cabinet, which has been officially registered with the Scottish Ambulance service, was introduced as a tribute to popular local man Eric Clark, who sadly passed away three years ago.
Funds raised from a concert, which was held in memory of Eric has already paid for three defibrillators with the aim of saving lives should anyone in the village suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest.
Pumpherston Community Council chair Karen Rogers thanked Scotmid for facilitating the defibrillator and praised the village’s community spirit.
Karen said: “The defibrillator will make a massive difference and help to save lives in Pumpherston – thanks to Scotmid for making it happen.
“Everyone in the village came together to raise funds for defibrillators after Eric Clark sadly passed away – we staged a concert in his memory and people donated both their time and money.
“The community spirit here in Pumpherston is so great that we have managed to raise enough money to purchase three defibrillators already – there is one situated outside Scotmid, one at the football club and one at the bowling club. There is also a fourth at the Golf Club, which the Ladies section raised funds for.
“The proudest achievement is that the community united together in order to raise funds to honour the memory of a great man, who was loved in the village and the defibrillators will leave a lasting legacy.”
There are currently 39 public access defibrillators situated at Scotmid food and Semichem stores across Scotland including two mobile defibrillators used by our Profit Protection team – making a significant difference to help save lives across the country.