As part of St John Scotland's scheme to part-fund life-saving public access defibrillators for communities across the country, charity It's Good 2 Give provided funding for a defibrillator for the Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Parish Church.
It's Good 2 Give supports children and young people with cancer and the charity opened their Ripple Retreat in Callander this year, which provides accommodation for young cancer patients and their families, as well bereaved families of young cancer patients in Scotland.
Rev Malcolm Cuthbertson and Session Clerk, Ian Duncan from the church in Rutherglen, met with It's Good 2 Give's Glasgow Ambassador, Hazel Barton and Alan Lees, St John Scotland's Projects Officer to celebrate the official handover of the life-saving kit.
Lynne McNicoll, Chair of It's Good 2 Give said, "Earlier this year our Young Ambassadors attended an Introduction to First Aid course and were shown a defibrillator. I also feel it is important that our Young Ambassadors show support to other charities and institutions and so we all agreed that it would be good to fundraise to buy one.
"We held an afternoon tea event in November and all our Young Ambassadors participated and we raised 4000. We were delighted to be able to buy this defib for the church in Rutherglen and also raise funds for our own Ripple Retreat too. It is fair to say that our Young Ambassadors, whose ages range from 8 to 16, are very proud of their efforts and pleased to be able to contribute to a community in this way."
The new defibrillator in Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Parish Church is located within the entrance of the building, and will be available for use while the church is open, from 9am until 10.30pm.