Joint ef­fort from butch­ers

Firms back de­fib­ril­la­tor fundraiser

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

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

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