Life-saving appeal starts in Kilmore

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Kilmore is starting a life-saving appeal to fund its first defibrillator in the community.

Kilmore & Kilbride Community Council pledged to give its support to fundraising when members met last week.

It was the idea of community council secretary Sue Burden who brought it up on the agenda.

The nearest defibrillators are currently at the NFU office and Kilninver Primary School, miles and vital minutes away from the Kilmore community and people living and working in Lerags Glen.

‘We’ve basically got a defibrillator on either side of the Kilmore community but not in it.

‘To start with we’d be happy to get one at the village hall because it’s on the main road and easy to get to. After that, we’d like to see if we can get one down at Lerags,’ said Sue.

‘There’s been a couple of people from the community who know of people who have  used or benefitted from defibrillators and would not be here to tell the tale if they hadn’t.

‘Our hope is to get Kilmore a defibrillator before someone here needs it,’ added Sue.

The appeal will be launched next month in time for Valentine’s Day and will be linked to registered charity Lucky2bHere helping fund defibrillators across the country and give training.

Sue is hoping organisations and businesses in the area will get behind the Kilmore appeal and give some funding. There will also he a JustGiving page coming soon.

Once the defibrillator is in place, training sessions will be organised for the community.

Last week’s community council also discussed setting up a Zoom link for its meetings in the hope of encouraging new members to get involved and bring fresh ideas.

Kilmore & Kilbride Community Council only has to hold five meetings that are compulsory in the year.

Potholes are getting repaired in the area, more recently near the BT hub, and there are plans to move the noticeboard in Lerags to make it more accessible to people.

There was also a reminder to homeowners that from next month every home must have interlinked fire alarms which means if one goes off in a property – they all go off.

All smoke and heat alarms should be mounted on the ceiling and if there are any carbon-fuelled appliances, such as a boiler, fire, heater or flue in the home there must also be a carbon monoxide detector.