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.”
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Local News for Monday 7th January 2019
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS MEDIA AWARDS FINALISTS REVEALED
The shortlists for the Highlands and Islands Media Awards have been revealed and finalists now face a tantalising wait to find out who has scooped the prestigious trophies.
Judges had the onerous task of assessing 109 entries in 11 sections covering newspaper, online and broadcast news stories and features, as well as the year’s top photographs.
Some of those on the shortlists include:
For the BORD NA GAIDHLIG AWARD - Darren Laing & Alasdair MacLeod, BBC Alba.
For the BEST USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA - Hebrides News.
For the PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - Willie Urquhart, West Highland Free Press.
For the REPORTER OF THE YEAR - JIM LOVE MEMORIAL AWARD – Iain MacInnes, BBC and for the COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Loch a Tuath News, Isle of Lewis & The Rudhach, Isle of Lewis.
The winners will be announced at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards, to be held on Friday, 1st February at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
Read more: Local News for Monday 7th January 2019