ABCD drives Oban Saints forward

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Argyll Beats Cardiovascular Disease (ABCD) has presented Oban Saints Football Club with £2,000 to help with minibus driver training, medical and theory test costs.

ABCD secretary Andy Henderson said: ‘There is overwhelming evidence regular exercise and physical activity has a vital role to play in helping to provide good physical and mental health in the increasingly sedentary society we now live in.

‘That is why we are happy to support organisations such as football clubs, the Ganavan Sands parkrun, tennis, badminton and squash clubs, the Sustrans cycle network, play parks in Oban, Lismore and Kintyre, many schools’ outdoor events, Oban Otters, Park Primary School gymastic club, and our own annual 10K and fun run. The list is not exhaustive.

‘We also provide much-needed help to health services in Argyll, by supplying medical equipment, where there are gaps to be filled, to the hospitals, the ambulance service and to the RNLI.

‘We have also brought much-needed cardiac ultrasound services to more remote areas of Argyll. This service has now been adopted by the NHS and is proving invaluable.

‘Our other main source of activity relates to providing funding for training of health professionals in circumstances where hard pressed NHS funding is not available.

‘We have been doing all of these activities continuously since we first formed in 2000 and, because of the generosity of so many who support us financially, we will continue to be active in the years ahead.

‘To highlight in more detail what we are about and what we do, we are holding an open day at the Oban hospital on Sunday September 15 from 2-4pm to which everyone is invited.

‘We wish Oban Saints every success in their driver training courses and for the upcoming season.’