Community Council’s gift to arts centre could be life-saver

City centre residents handed over potentially life saving equipment to an arts community for people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health.

Members of Merchant City and Trongate Community Council (MCTCC) presented a defibrillator to Project Ability which supports diversity in the visual arts sector. 

The device, donated by MCTCC as part of its community grants programme, is used in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to save the lives of those suffering cardiac arrest.  It will be kept at Project Ability’s studios at 103 Trongate and available for everyone attending classes or working or visiting anywhere in the building which houses a variety of other organisations.

Murray Wilson, Operations Manager at Project Ability, commented: “We have been trying to raise money to buy a defibrillator for several years because we know how crucial it can be for those suffering a heart attack. While we hope this will not be needed it is reassuring for everyone in the locality to know we have it ready for an emergency.”

Photo left to right:  Community Council Chair Tam Coyle, Secretary and Vice-Chair Scott Thornton, Murray Wilson and Community Council members Alice Wamaithaa Cowan and David Cowan.