Brogan Fuels donates defibrillator unit to local football team

As part of its Corporate Giving programme, Brogan Fuels has presented a defibrillator unit to Lochar Thistle Youths AFC who play and train at Heathhall, Dumfries.

Brogan’s Ros Murray hands over the defibrillator unit to Mark King
Brogan’s Ros Murray hands over the defibrillator unit to Mark King

Brogan Fuels donated £1,000 towards the purchase of the defibrillator and associated training after being nominated by Brogan Fuels employee Ros Murray from the company’s nearby Dumfries depot.  Hosted in the team’s clubhouse, the unit will be accessible to everyone that uses the park facilities.
The donation supports the goal of Certas Energy’ charity partner, the Oliver King Foundation. The Foundation was set up to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), which is caused by heart rhythm abnormalities. The risk of death from SADS can be significantly reduced with the rapid use of a defibrillator – a portable piece of equipment – to restart the sufferer’s heart.
Lochar Thistle Youths were chosen as an ideal candidate for hosting one of these units, as it houses an outdoor training park, full sized football park and a newly built indoor training centre within its grounds.  As the onset on SADS is often associated with physical exertion, this is the ideal location for the unit to be positioned for ease of accessibility.
Lindsay Martin, general sales manager for the South West Scotland & Cumbria Regions said “As a business we pride ourselves on being part of the community in which we operate. Donating the defibrillator is just one way in which we can support residents by providing this important piece of equipment.  Through our involvement with the Oliver King Foundation, I’ve learnt how vital these units are if someone should be unfortunate enough to suffer a heart problem.  Sadly, these situations occur more frequently than we think, so it’s good to know that the defibrillator unit is accessible to so many people in the area.”