Hundreds turned out for a family-friendly superhero event in the autumn in Kinross to encourage people to learn more about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Held in Kinross High Street, children dressed up as their favourite superheroes, with many volunteers from the various emergency services in attendance.
The event was organised by Pamela Hunter, coordinator of Kinross Heart Start and owner of butcher shop Hunters of Kinross, one of David’s favourite shops! Pam said: “We lost a very good customer and friend, David Doig, to a cardiac arrest and we wanted to help make sure Kinross residents had access 24 hours a day to an automated external defibrillator (AED).Our business decided to begin a project to put an AED outside our shop. It is called the David Doig defibrillator in his honour. His wife, Gillian, kindly donated a substantial sum to the project and was there on the day to place the defibrillator.”
Pamela and her team decided to offer CPR and defibrillator training after discovering many people in Kinross said they would be afraid to use one. They set up Kinross Heart Start and began evening training sessions for local shop owners and their staff. 500 people have now attended the free two-hour courses and the number of first responders has gone from 0-4 with more in training.
The humour and irony of David being ever-present on the wall of the butcher’s shop would not have been lost on him, as anyone who knew him knew of his love of the occasional sausage, black pudding and pie! More information on this wonderful community project can be found at Facebook@KinrossHeartStart.