Cairncastle bar protects community’s heart health

Matties Meeting House places a HeartSine AED at the centre of the community in Cairncastle. INLT-08-710-con.matties

Matties Meeting House places a HeartSine AED at the centre of the community in Cairncastle. INLT-08-710-con.matties

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A Cairncastle bar has placed community safety at the heart of the business after installing a defibrillator on the premises.

Matties Meeting House is helping to protect the local community against Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by installing a lifesaving HeartSine Automated External defibrillator (AED).

The decision to purchase a defibrillator was made after the bar’s staff attended a first aid course, where they learned about the importance of CPR and the prompt use of defibrillators.

The devices can increase SCA survival rates by up to 75 per cent.

By placing the defibrillator in the bar, which is in a convenient location with long opening hours, residents in the surrounding area can now have peace of mind that an AED can be easily accessed in an emergency.

In order to raise money for the defibrillator, staff, customers and members of the local community held a fundraising weekend in September, 2014.

This included a night at the races, a coffee morning and a prize raffle. Local businesses and business people donated prizes to support the cause.

For more information about fundraising for an AED, contact your nearest HeartSine authorised distributor.