Life-saving device on the banks of the loch

Wima Gunn presents Kathy Stephenson with the potentially life-saving device
Wima Gunn presents Kathy Stephenson with the potentially life-saving device

A Borders beauty spot has gained a new lifeline – with the delivery of a brand new defibrillator by two local charities.

Staff at the Glen Café on the shores of St Mary’s Loch in the Yarrow Valley were presented with the AED (automatic external defibrillator) device by Wilma Gunn, founder of Scottish HART, watched by Lorraine Tait, trust manager from The Weir Charitable Trust.

Kathy Stephenson and her staff in the popular tourist stop between Selkirk and Moffat on the A708 road will have the chance of saving a life at this beautiful but remote spot.

The Yarrow Valley now has five AEDs from Scottish HART, stretching from the lochs down through Cappercleuch Yarrow, Yarrowford and the Water Wheel at Philiphaugh, on a road which forms one of the very few east to west highways across Scotland and which is extremely popular at weekends especially by motorists and motor-cyclists.

There are also AEDs from Scottish HART in Kirkhope Hall, and Boston Hall in the neighbouring Ettrick Valley.

With the road full of bends and narrow stretches it is difficult to guarantee access to a possible cardiac arrest victim on much of the A708 and the installation of this latest defibrillator gives added time until the ambulance service can attend.

The Scottish Ambulance Service has co-operated fully and encouraged Scottish HART with all their PAD (public access defibrillator) schemes throughout the rural areas of the Borders and other parts of Scotland.

l Thanks to funding from the Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association and builder Richard Young, a new defibrillator was also installed in Selkirk’s Town Arms pub by Scottish HART last week.