Defibrillators on the Isle of Coll

Defibrillator presented to doctor on CollThe Community of Coll would like to thank The Sandpiper Trust for another generous donation of essential life saving equipment to the Isle of Coll.

Rob Wainwright, former Scottish rugby captain presented Dr Celine O’ Neill, the island GP with a defibrillator on behalf of the Sandpiper Trust’s Patron, Gavin Hastings. The Sandpiper Trust has already donated a sandpiper bag with £1000 of emergency equipment to the island doctor.

The Sandpiper Trust was founded in memory of Sandy Dickson who tragically drowned aged 14 years. The Trust aims to improve pre-hospital care in rural and remote areas in Scotland by providing doctors, nurses and paramedics with a Sandpiper bag that includes live-saving medical equipment, which enables them to respond to accidents or sudden illnesses.

The administering of rapid and appropriate medical intervention to a patient during the critical “Golden Hour” not only contributes to an increase in positive patient outcomes but also raises community confidence and resilience especially in remote parts of Scotland.

Rob and several other ‘enthusiastic’ cyclists have formed a cycle team to meet the challenge of cycling 811 miles around the coast north of the fault to raise funds for further emergency equipment for the Isle of Coll and Mary’s Meals.

They will cycle and camp their way around the coast North of the Fault over the 7 days from 31 May 2014. Then, on day 9, they will participate in the Isle of Mull sportive.

We wish them luck.