Raising money to put PADs in the Culter area

A fundraising event for PADs in Peterculter
A fundraising event for PADs in Peterculter

One of many fundraising events will be taking place in Culter this Saturday, to purchase a life-saving bit of equipment.

The event, at Peterculter Heritage Hall, is to raise funds to buy a 24-hour Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) or Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for the community.

They are used to administer an electric shock to someone in cardiac arrest and are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.

A spokeswoman for the fundraisers, Rita Kermack, said: “When a person has a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) their heart’s regular rhythm becomes chaotic or arrhythmic.

“Every minute that the heart is not beating lowers the odds of survival by 7% to 10%. After 10 minutes without defibrillation, very few people survive.”

The fundraisers are working with the British Heart Foundation, Scottish Ambulance Service and Culter Community Council - the community council will own the PAD/AED and have chosen Culter’s Eastleigh Care Home for its location.

This Saturday’s fundraiser is between 10am-1pm and is an Art Exhibition and Sale of handcrafted jewellery, ceramics and cards.

For information contact community councillor Ann Wakefield on (01224) 733273 or Rita Kermack on 0776 666 1108.