The Whithorn and District Community Council and Resilience Team have received grant funding from the Community Safety Fund and also contributed their own funds towards a new defibrillator for the town, to be placed in a publicly accessible location. But now the quest is on to raise funds for two more, so that there can be one each at the northern and southern ends of the town.
A spokesperson for the Community Council said: “We’re in a remote location, which sometimes gets cut off in poor weather, or faces a wait if ambulances are busy elsewhere, and we want to ensure that, if we can save a life, we don’t miss the chance through lack of equipment. The defibrillators are simple to operate and will issue audible instructions to users; they’ll be available 24 hours a day at central locations in the different areas of the town, within cabinets to protect them from the weather. We know the town’s groups are fantastic at fundraising, so we are asking for them to be creative about thinking up ideas - coffee mornings, sponsored walks or cycles, litter picks or anything else you can think of. Then we’ll get demonstrators in to show everyone how easy they are to use in emergencies. We already have offers coming in from the business community, knitters and charity shop, so please let us know your funding ideas!”.