A Dumfries & Galloway charity that visits people in their homes across the region to carry out odd jobs has now been supplied with a defibrillator to enable its fitters to assist if they encounter a client who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

Muirhall have provided the defibrillator to D&G HandyVan which provides a small repair and home support service across Dumfries & Galloway, helping people to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

The majority of the charity’s clients are aged over 60 and its fitters and volunteers have recently undergone first aid training.

Don Hunter-Grant, Chief Executive Officer of D&G HandyVan, said:

“Our charity is small but provides a much-needed service across Dumfries & Galloway, often to elderly clients. I am confident that having a defibrillator to hand means that, with the right training, our fitters and volunteers may be in a position to save a life in an emergency.”

D&G HandyVan fitter, Stuart Maxwell, who has been with the charity since its inception in 2004, said:

“Our charity is built around helping people in Dumfries & Galloway and, should we find a client in need of emergency assistance, I can now be confident that I’ll have the defibrillator on board if it’s required.”

Alastair Yule, Senior Development Manager at Muirhall Energy said:

“We believe it is fundamentally important that we involve ourselves in the communities in which we operate. D&G HandyVan already provides a much-needed service for many people in Dumfries & Galloway and we hope that this defibrillator may be of assistance in an emergency should it be required.”

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10th August 2015