Dunbar were recently presented with a Heart start defibrillator by The Scottish Ambulance Services. Seven members of Dunbar Rugby Football Club went through the training course before the unit was located within Hallhill Sports Club The Club is one of 60 throughout Scotland who are being provided with the equipment by the Trust set up in memory of Craig Hodgkinson, a 27 year old Royal Marine from Strathblane who died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing rugby. Craig also played for a period of time with Glasgow Hawks and was a Scotland U-18 player.
Craig's parents, John and Diane established the Craig Hodgkinson Trust in his memory and after raising £40,000, the Trust teamed up with the British Heart Foundation, who matched the sum raised to purchase the automated external defibrillators.
The machines deliver a controlled electric shock to the heart to restore the normal heartbeat and it is estimated for every minute that passes without treatment the chances of survival decrease by 14%.
This piece of equipment could mean the difference between life and death.