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Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club installs defibrillator from Moray charity Kieran’s Legacy for use of the wider community

By Garry McCartney

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Claire Brenton from Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club holds their new defibrillator with Sandra McKandie. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Claire Brenton from Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club holds their new defibrillator with Sandra McKandie. Picture: Becky Saunderson

A CHILD care centre in a local village has installed lifesaving equipment for use of the wider community.

Kinloss Crafty Cool Kids Club (KCCKC), based at the School Lodge on Burghead Road, received a defibrillator from charity Kieran’s Legacy, which staff have made accessible to everyone in case of emergency.

KCCKC manager, Claire Brenton, confirmed a committee member initially saw a social media post looking for groups to install the portable electronic devices which treat ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia via electricity which allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

She said: “We contacted Kieran’s Legacy and they checked our suitability.

“We feel privileged to receive the equipment as we are aware of just how critical it can be.”

Keiran’s Legacy was founded by the parents of keen cyclist Keiran McKandie, who died in 2016 aged 16 following a car accident on the Dallas road. The charity works to educate on how to save lives, as well as distribute defibrillators. Keiran’s Legacy will provide KCCKC’s staff and parents with training on how to use the machine.

Claire said: “Due to members of KCCKC being affected by Covid-19, we have had to delay the training but we are liaising with Kieran’s mum Sandra to organise a date in the near future.”

The defibrillator is on the front of the KCCKC building, the old janitor’s house in Kinloss Primary School’s car park.

Claire said: “We are humbled by Keiran’s Legacy providing awareness and so grateful for the donation.

“Before Christmas, KCCKC held a raffle for a weekend away in my caravan at Tummel Valley. The children also made items to sell such as hot chocolate reindeer, Grinch pills, reindeer noses, hot chocolate mug sets and unicorn shakes at a local craft fair.

“Usually the monies raised from our fundraising goes to KCCKC as we are also a registered charity. However, this year we donated the total proceeds of £420 to Keiran’s Legacy!”

KCCKC offers breakfast and an after school club as well as holiday clubs for Kinloss and the surrounding area. Last year children attended from as far away as Aberlour, Lossiemouth, Burghead and Hopeman.

Claire finished: “We are looking forward to welcoming the children back for the summer holidays. The support we receive for the club from families, staff, the committee, Kinloss Primary School and Moray Food Plus (with weekly food recovery deliveries) is second to none. We hope to maintain these relationships to enhance what we provide.”

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