Joint effort from butchers
Firms back defibrillator fundraiser
Three West Lothian butchers are uniting behind a campaign which will see them raising money for community defibrillators.
Paul Boyle of Boghall Butchers, Jane Ross of Thomas Burns butchers and Craig Black of Hugh Black and Son are among 34 butchers across Scotland who have so far joined together to back the life- saving initiative.
The idea behind the “Butchers at the Heart of the Community” initiative, supported by Scottish Craft Butchers, the Scotch Butchers Club and Save a Life Scotland, was started by butcher Pamela Hunter from Hunters of Kinross.
The main aim of the initiative is to help and encourage people living in communities throughout Scotland to be ready and confident in delivering CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
The Scottish Craft Butchers and The Scotch Butchers Club, run by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), who collectively have a network of over 400 butcher members, are now partnering with Save a Life Scotland to encourage members to take part and help save lives in their local community.
Butchers across Scotland are now being encouraged to pledge “I’m In” and display collection tins in their shop to raise money for a local defibrillator to support the Butcher’s at the Heart of the Community campaign. Over 30 Scottish Butchers have so far have signed up to the campaign. Save a Life for Scotland partners are available to support locally with CPR and defibrillation training.
The project is not only about providing a defibrillator to communities, but training for both staff and customers on how to use them and deliver CPR. Butchers interested in getting involved should contact Save a Life Scotland by emailing hello@ savealife. scot. Collection tins will be supplied by Scottish Craft Butchers and the Scotch Butchers Club.
Alan Clarke, chief executive, QMS said: “Butchers throughout Scotland play a very important role in their communities and that really shines through in this initiative which could make a real impact and save lives. I am sure that butchers throughout Scotland will throw their weight behind this campaign.”
Douglas Scott, chief executive of Scottish Craft Butchers said: “This project is all about enabling butchers to save the lives of people in their community. Raising money to provide defibrillators and training staff on how to do CPR.
“We are not all experts in knowing what to do in cases of emergency. We need to dispel the fear caused by lack of knowledge. There is no need be a paramedic, we just need to know what to do and address lack of confidence.
“Butchers care about their customers and this is just another example of how much they matter to them.”
Lisa MacInnes, director of the Save a Life Scotland campaign said: “Someone who is having a cardiac arrest needs immediate help, you cannot make the situation worse for them and so saving lives from cardiac arrest really does begin in the community.
“Our partners are proud to support the Scottish Craft Butchers network and their great campaign. Butchers are trusted, respected and are leading the way, helping Scottish communities become CPR ready.”
Giving support West Lothian butchers have pledged their support to the campaign