Freema­sons say thank you to first aid group

St An­drew’s dona­tion

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Cam­bus­lang freema­sons have do­nated cash to the or­gan­i­sa­tion that trained the man who saved the life of a for­mer mas­ter of the lodge.

Jim McDon­ald col­lapsed while walk­ing down the street last year and his life was saved by Gareth Tate, from Cum­ber­nauld.

Jim was a for­mer mas­ter of Lodge Cam­bus­lang Royal Arch No 114, and the freema­sons have now do­nated £500 to St An­drew’s First Aid.

Jim said: “You never ex­pect to suf­fer a heart at­tack but I’m grate­ful some­one had the skills to help me when it hap­pened to me.

“With­out Gareth’s in­ter­ven­tion I’m pos­i­tive that the sit­u­a­tion would not have worked out so well.

“This dona­tion is our way of say­ing thank you.”

Jim has been re­cov­er­ing steadily since the in­ci­dent last year.

When it hap­pened, Gareth per­formed essential CPR on Jim and re­mained with him un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived. Gareth said: “When you learn first aid, you hope that you’ll never need to use it.

“How­ever, when I saw that a man was suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest, I knew it was time to put my CPR skills into ac­tion.

“I’m just so pleased that Jim is re­cov­er­ing well.”

Stu­art Cal­li­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St An­drew’s First Aid, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that Gareth felt con­fi­dent and ready to per­form CPR on Jim when he needed it.

“First aid skills don’t take long to learn but, in sit­u­a­tions like this, they re­ally do save lives.

“We very much ap­pre­ci­ate all do­na­tions for our char­ity but they have a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance when there is a per­sonal story be­hind them.

“Th­ese funds will be used to de­liver more first aid train­ing, help­ing us achieve our as­pi­ra­tion of cre­at­ing a na­tion of life­savers.”

St An­drew’s First Aid was formed in 1882.

They work along­side the statu­tory ser­vices to de­liver emer­gency sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties in times of cri­sis.

Cheque It Out Barry Fin­layson, Gor­don Hope, Jim McDon­ald and Jim Tor­rance from Lodge Cam­bus­lang Royal Arch No. 114 with Stu­art Cal­li­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St An­drew’s First Aid

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