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Andrew’s cycle effort may be a life-saver

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By Fiona Reid
Andrew’s cycle effort may be a life-saver

A CYCLING charity campaigner unveiled a new defibrillator for his home town last week.

Andrew Boyd, 24, and the Dumfries Rotary Club joined together to raise funds for the life-saving equipment — which has been installed outside the Lochmaben Medical Practice.

HMP Dumfries prison officer Andrew recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) in memory of his father, Derek Boyd, who passed away in 2013 following a cardiac arrest.

And last week Andrew’s efforts were revealed in the form of a new defibrillator for the community.

Louise Smith, who led the fundraising campaign for the Dumfries Rotary Club, said: “We have worked closely with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and the community to deliver these potentially life-saving pieces of emergency equipment for the area and are very pleased that we are now ready to implement.

“We are also very grateful to the Lochmaben Medical Practice who have generously offered to host the location of the Defibrillator and ensure ongoing due diligence.”

The free CPR and defibrillator training, provided by Lucky2BHere and Heartstart, which ran in conjunction with the unveiling, was fully booked with local residents and representatives from local businesses attending.

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