Peterhead gets lifesaving equipment

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The family of a Peterhead man who died from a heart attack last year have raised funds alongside a sports group to give the Toon their first public access defibrillator.

The family of Charles Duncan, the popular Peterhead Motors mechanic who died last August aged 46,and Peterhead Jog Scotland raised£4,500 to bring the life-saving equipment to the town.

Stephen Bruce, chairman of Peterhead Jog Scotland, told the Buchanie: “This is the first public access defibrillator in Peterhead but we’re hoping to get more funds for another one.”

Mr Bruce said that defibrillators give an 85 percent better chance of survival following a heart attack.

The new defibrillator will be placed outside Peterhead Community Centre with Mr Bruce hoping it can be in place next month.

The first training day to show the general public how to use the equipment will be held upstairs at Peterhead Football Club on Wednesday.

Mr Bruce said: “This will show the public what to do in case of an emergency.”

Peterhead Jog Scotland and Mr Duncan’s family have also been working alongside the Buchan Community Safety Group to make sure the public have access to the defibrillator. Mr Bruce added: “We have been delighted to work alongside them.”