Newtonhill raises cash to replace defibs

One of the defibrillators was kept at Tesco.

One of the defibrillators was kept at Tesco.

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Residents behind a campaign to raise £3,500 to replace two stolen defibrillators in Newtonhill have announced they have reached their target.

The defibrillators, which were installed for community use, were stolen from the village in October.

Shortly afterwards a campaign was launched by Alannah Cooper from the Newtonhill Village Association, with the aim of raising enough money to replace the potentially life-saving equipment.

In a statement this week, she said: “I am so amazed by our latest donation of £1140 taking our just giving total to £3500! We have reached and exceeded target by the time the cash donations are also taken into account!

“Donations over the target will allow us to provide ongoing servicing and maintenance for two replacement defibrillators and now look to potentially providing a further defibrillator in the area.

We are looking at security options to prevent further thefts.”

Trossachs Search and Rescue had come forward and loaned the village two defibrillators until the money could be raised for the replacements.