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Macphie make life-saving donation to local community

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Auchenblae now has a defibrillator available for public use thanks to a donation from Macphie.

The potentially life-saving device provides a shock to the heart in an emergency situation and comes with a comprehensive set of instructions so can be administered by anyone. The equipment will be kept at Auchenblae Primary School and was handed over by Macphie Chairman, Alastair Macphie earlier this week.

Local parent and paramedic, Mark Strickland, said, “I’ve been trying to get a defibrillator for the village since Christmas. I approached Macphie of Glenbervie to ask them to consider part-funding the cost, but they offered to pay for the whole thing. As a parent and a paramedic, having a defibrillator at the school is vital for the community given that Auchenblae is so far from ambulance services in the local area.”

Alastair Macphie added, “We are delighted to be able to provide a defibrillator for Auchenblae School, and adds to the others that were provided in Johnshaven and Drumluthie. Owing to the distance from the nearest hospital, it’s absolutely vital that we have lifesaving equipment in our local communities.”