New of­fice sees char­i­ties strengthen links on Skye

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO LIFE-SAVING char­i­ties have strength­ened their links af­ter open­ing a new of­fice on Skye.

The launch of the Portree of­fice on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 30 marked a sig­nif­i­cant event as Chest Heart Stroke Scot­land (CHSS) opened the premises with fel­low char­ity Luck­y2BHere.

In 2007, Luck­y2BHere was es­tab­lished by Skye na­tive Ross Cowie, who had a car­diac ar­rest, but was lucky an am­bu­lance was nearby to save his life.

As a re­sult of his ex­pe­ri­ence, he de­cided to raise funds to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for Skye Ca­manachd Shinty Club in Portree.

The ef­fort grew into a reg­is­tered char­ity with an elected com­mit­tee and trus­tees run on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Ini­tially Luck­y2BHere pro­vided de­fib­ril­la­tors and emer­gency life sup­port train­ing on Skye and the im­me­di­ate main­land, but now de­liv­ers this through­out Scot­land.

The of­fice will pro­vide a base for CHSS’s com­mu­nity sup­port worker to sup­port the work of Luck­y2BHere and im­prove links be­tween CHSS and re­mote and ru­ral pop­u­la­tions.

Ross said: ‘Work­ing with Scot­land’s lead­ing health char­ity will in­crease the pro­file of Luck­y2BHere on the na­tional stage, sup­port­ing the life-saving work al­ready be­ing done while, at the same time, en­abling us to drive for­ward our am­bi­tion to have emer­gency life sup­port train­ing in­tro­duced into the curriculum of ev­ery sec­ondary school in the coun­try which, with­out doubt, will save lives.’

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