Kelso gets vital life saving devices

Kelso Heartbeat team pictured from left to right- Colin Dumma, Jeanette Forbes, Scott Forbes, Karen Veitch, Fraser Hastie, Terry Frame, Margaret Riddell, Fiona Scott and Dr Robert Cutting.
Kelso Heartbeat team pictured from left to right- Colin Dumma, Jeanette Forbes, Scott Forbes, Karen Veitch, Fraser Hastie, Terry Frame, Margaret Riddell, Fiona Scott and Dr Robert Cutting.
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Defibrillators have been installed at strategic points in and around Kelso thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local charity.

Kelso Heartbeat have managed to raise enough money to purchase and install three defibrillators which will potentially save many lives.

The defibrillators have been placed in Kelso town centre (James Stewarts Woodmarket), Kelso Rugby Club (Poynder Place entrance located at turnstiles) and Kelso Swimming Pool (main entrance to the pool).

A fourth will hopefully be installed this week.

Chairperson Scott Forbes said: “The defibrillators that we have installed around Kelso are not inside buildings so the public will be able to access them all day everyday which they haven’t been able to until now.”

The defibrillators cost around £1,800 each so the group has worked hard to collect donations from local groups and businesses and conduced their own fundraising.

Most recently they took part in a two day charity walk between Dunbar and Kelso over a distance of around 40 miles.

The team of walkers managed to raise around £3,500 which was a great help.

Mr Forbes was inspired to start up the charity when his cousin Gregor Newton, who used to live in Kelso, went into cardiac arrest.

He said: “A year this past April, Gregor went into cardiac arrest but fortunately he survived.

“It made me realise that more needs to be done in local communities like Kelso.”

Mr Forbes was joined by Fiona Hall, a cardiac nurse who had plenty of experience in the field and like him wanted to make a difference in the town.

There are now five members who are trustees to the charity. They would like to thank everyone who has donated.

For further information visit the charities Facebook page.