New office sees charities strengthen links on Skye
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.’