PRESS RELEASE – GP Dr. Kenny Deuchar prompts local side Bonnybridge FC Youths to buy 3 defibrillators

Date: 2nd January 2023

  • FORMER PLAYER AND NOW GP KENNY DEUCHAR PROMPTS LOCAL SIDE BONNYBRIDGE FC YOUTHS TO BUY 3 DEFIBRILLATORS

 

  • DEFIBRILLATORS WILL HELP TO PROTECT OVER 200 KIDS AND COACHES AT THE CLUB

 

  • ACCORDING TO THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION, THERE ARE AROUND 3,200 OUT-OF-HOSPITAL CARDIAC ARRESTS IN SCOTLAND EVERY YEAR

 

2nd January 2023: At the start of 2022, Scotland’s national independent fans organisation, the SFSA, launched a campaign in partnership with the Scottish Government and BHF to increase the number of defibrillators at its member clubs, in a bid to help save more lives from cardiac arrests.

The initiative is backed by Scottish Sports Minister Ms Maree Todd who made available an additional £250 grant for clubs, which was made available from 1st January 2022.

Ms Maree Todd MSP has said: “We continue to focus on improving access to defibrillators to ensure that they are publicly accessible, registered and placed in areas where they are most likely to be used. Schemes such this really support these key aims and I am delighted to be able to provide £25,000 in financial support to help grassroots football clubs purchase defibrillators.”

Recently, former player and now practicing medical doctor Kenny Deuchar prompted the side that he now coaches at, Bonnybridge FC Youths 2010 team to purchase 3 defibrillators through the SFSA’s campaign. These defibrillators will help to protect the over 200 kids and coaches at the club.

Kenny said:  “We were delighted to participate in this scheme. I know as a GP just how vital these machines can be in an emergency situation. It was an easy decision for us as a club to invest in our players, our coaches and our parents as well as the wider community by having these defibrillators. I would encourage as many other teams as possible to take advantage of this campaign to make Scottish football a safe place.”

 

SFSA Chairman Andrew Smith said: “From an SFSA perspective we’re delighted to announce this campaign. There are plenty areas in which our grassroots game can be improved and that will be the focus of a lot of our upcoming work. Of course participant safety and wellbeing is paramount, therefore helping to improve access to defibrillators was the perfect place to start.”

 

To get your club involved, and register for a defibrillator now, head to: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/health-at-work/sfsa-enquiry-form/get-started

 

For more information on the British heart Foundation please visit: https://www.bhf.org.uk

The SFSA is Scotland’s only fully independent supporters organisation, open to fans from all clubs at all levels of our national game. A non-profit voluntary organisation and a community interest company with over 76,000 members, the SFSA works with fans, clubs, football authorities and the Scottish Government to make Scottish football better for everyone, with supporters at the very heart of it. See the SFSA website for more information: https://scottishfsa.org/about-sfsa/

Pictured: Coaches from left to right: Brian Houston, Kenny Deuchar, Liam Thomson

Players from Bonnybridge FC Youths 2010 team

 


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