Local News for Tuesday 8th January 2018

SHESHADER DEFIBRILLATOR VOLUNTEERS ON STANDBY

Sheshader might just be the best village in the Isle of Lewis in which to have a heart attack. For not only does the Point village have its own defibrillator – it also has a telephone hotline for summoning the defibrillator and a neighbour who can use it.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) donated around half the total cost of the system with a donation of £885 to Sheshader Amenities Association.

Now, Using the special number – 01851 808404 – anyone in Sheshader can make an alarm call and summon the defibrillator to be brought by one of the 10 volunteers who knows how to use it.

Mike Shailes, chair of the Sheshader Amenities Assocation said: ‘The call automatically goes through to all 10 and the first to respond will collect the defibrillator and take it to the casualty.

Mike explained how potentially life-saving this intervention could be.

‘Within eight minutes, it would save the lives of 15 out of 100 people who collapse out of cardiac arrest. It’s not a definite, that if you have a cardiac arrest and somebody gets to you and applies the defibrillator, that you’ll suddenly jump up… but you might do.’

Mike said: “PST gave us half the money. It was fantastically helpful. It takes the pressure off, when you are looking to fund something.”


UNIVERSAL CREDIT – TORIES DELAY NATIONAL ROLLOUT

The SNP has given a cautious welcome to reports recently that the next stage of the controversial universal credit rollout is to be delayed.

The House of Commons was due to vote on proposals to move a further three million claimants onto the universal credit by summer 2019, but this will now be postponed with the Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd seeking approval to move just 10,000 onto the new system.

A United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty recently opened a scathing attack on universal credit warning that the system was “mean spirited and often callous”.

Commenting, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Neil Gray MP said: ‘Any pause to the roll-out of Universal Credit is welcome, but it shouldn’t have taken this long for the Tories to listen to the SNP and the huge number of anti-poverty charities who have condemned the system. The roll-out of Universal Credit to areas across Scotland has already seen more people pushed into poverty, debt and destitution - forcing families to rely on food banks and emergency aid just to get by.
The Tories must now take this opportunity to overhaul the system and fix the problems that have caused so much misery in Scotland and across the UK.’


RUNNING TO REDUCE STROKE RISK

Training and taking part in a Resolution Run for the Stroke Association across Scotland could reduce your risk of stroke by one fifth according to Professor Tom Robinson, President of the British Association of Stroke Physicians.

Professor Robinson said that research showed that moderate activity like walking, to intense physical activity such as jogging or cycling, can significantly reduce your stroke risk. Importantly, activities should make you break into a sweat to qualify as physical activity.

Professor Robinson continued:

‘You don’t have to be an athlete to reduce your stroke risk, we can all do it as part of our daily routine. Simply taking part in at least 30 minutes of activity, which helps you break a sweat about three to four times a week will help’

He advises that being committed and having a training plan, are vital to achieving your goal. If you have any pre-existing health conditions or other concerns, it’s important to contact your GP before you begin training.

The charity has organised three 5K and 10K runs across the Scotland from 24th February – 10th March. The events are open to all ages and abilities, and participants can walk, jog or run their way to the finish line.

Entry fee is £16. All runners receive a technical running t-shirt and medal. To enter or for more information on Resolution Runs in Scotland visit www.resolutionrun.org.uk