08 Apr 2019
Tenants in a community in the north east of Glasgow have called for more people to learn how to save a life.
Margaret McQuade and Maggie Nelson joined local butcher Donnie Shaw in Balornock to urge more people to learn how to use a defibrillator.
Donnie, of Shaw the Butcher on Wallacewell Road, has a defibrillator outside his shop dedicated to a local teenager, Marc Hegarty, who died of a heart attack.
A defibrillator is a life-saving piece of equipment which applies an electric current to help get the heart going.
It can save the life of someone who has had a heart attack.
Donnie said: “We did a lot of fundraising for the defibrillator and the community really rallied round.
“All our staff have been trained in using it.
“I’ve had to use it once – but thankfully the man regained consciousness.
“It’s a really important. People are delighted it’s there.”
GHA committee member, Maggie Nelson, from Barmulloch, has been a volunteer first aider for 40 years.
She said: “I would love to see more defibrillators in community centres, schools and other places.
“Anyone from a toddler to a 90-year-old can use one. It’s really easy to learn – and it’s so important.
“I’ve even been teaching my great grandchildren to use one.”
Tenant Margaret McQuade added: “Defibrillators save lives. It is such a vital piece of equipment.
“It’s great that this shop has one and it’s there for the public to use in an emergency.”
To learn how to use a defibrillator, people can contact the British Red Cross on 0844 871 8000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
St Andrew’s First Aid can also be contacted on 0141 332 4031or by emailing email@example.com
Pictured: Maggie Nelson, left, and Margaret McQuade, with butcher Donnie Shaw and the defibrillator outside his shop in Balornock.