Cash boost for lifeline group

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A CARNOUSTIE organisation which provides vital support in medical emergencies has received a £260 boost thanks to one of its volunteers.

On Sunday, Marie Fagan from the Carnoustie First Responders completed the 26 miles of the Dundee Cyclathon to raise money for the group.

To stand out, Marie was dressed as Marmite to raise awareness of the organisation.

And despite it being a gruelling challenge, she was delighted to have raised the cash for the group.

Marie said: “It was a fantastic day going around the 26 mile green circular around Dundee, Broughty Ferry and Monifieth.

“It is a superb biking route and I think everyone enjoyed the day, maybe apart from the incline of Harestane Road!

“I’ve raised £260 for Carnoustie First Responders and I think I drew attention to our group with my outfit!

“There were lots of different groups and individuals raising money for their own selected charities and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.”

St John Ambulance Angus and Dundee have recently set up the First Responder group in Carnoustie in conjunction with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Personnel are fully trained to deal with medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests in the vital time prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

First Responders are trained and equipped to get to an incident scene ahead of the paramedics in order to administer potentially life-saving resuscitation.

Armed with equipment such as oxygen canisters and a defibrillator the first responder will continue resuscitation until the ambulance arrives.

After handing over to the paramedics the volunteers can continue to help by fetching equipment or caring for relatives.