Amazing response to Shockingly Easy campaign

Members of City of Edinburgh basketball club. Picture: comp

Members of City of Edinburgh basketball club. Picture: comp

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Support has been flooding in for the Shockingly Easy Christmas campaign since it launched last week.

We have been inundated with pledges of support after asking readers to make a promise to approach the committee at their local sports club and ask them to put getting a defibrillator on their agenda.

The heart start machines can double the chances of survival when someone suffers a heart attack outside of a hospital.

Your generosity means we have now raised more than £35,000 to put defibrillators in sports clubs across the Lothians – but we desperately need more clubs to register as potential sites for the life-saving kit.

The machines are incredibly simple to use, in fact, you can’t go wrong, as they talk you through everything you need to do.

Our campaign aims to put a defibrillator in every sports club in the region in memory of 13-year-old Jamie Skinner, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing football in December last year.

BBC weather presenter and charity stalwart Judith Ralston, award-winning chef Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh Central MSP Marco Biagi and the players of City of Edinburgh Basketball Club are among those to have pledged their support to the campaign.

Player Garreth Lodge said: “We are pleased to be backing this fantastic campaign to fit lifesaving defibrillators in sports clubs across Edinburgh and the Lothians – it’s a brilliant cause and the more people that get involved, the more we can get the message out there.”

Mr Greenaway said: “The more voices that can be heard, the more awareness will be raised.

“The more people who get behind this campaign, the better.”

Police officers Inspector Murray Starkey, Sergeant Gordon Duff and Chief Inspector Mark Rennie also showed their support, posing for a picture with the Shockingly Easy campaign poster at Craigmillar Police Station.

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com