First aid and defibs make great combo in Maddiston

Forth Valley College's Richy Todd and Norrie Brown, of Maddistion Community Defib Project
Forth Valley College's Richy Todd and Norrie Brown, of Maddistion Community Defib Project

An ongoing campaign to raise funds for life-saving defibrillators in the community of Maddiston has received a kind donation of cash, expertise and time.

Forth Valley College’s senior first aid trainer Richy Todd noticed Maddiston Community Defib Project was appealing for donations to raise £1200 so they could site two defibrillators in the local area.

Encouraged by Richy, FVC’s business development department managed to raise £150 for the worthy cause and even offered to provide free first aid training to locals, delivered by specially trained ex-servicemen and women, when the defibrillators arrive.

Norrie Brown, organiser of Maddiston Community Defib Project, said: “This is an unbelievable donation, absolutely tremendous. Not only have the college raised money for us, but they are prepared to help train local people in the use of these life-saving machines.

“Maddiston is at least 15 minutes away from the nearest hospital and there is a need for these machines here. If anyone collapses in the street in Maddiston it could really improve their chances of surviving.”