Marathon event trains next generation of lifesavers

More than 500 local community members have been trained to perform life-saving skills thanks to a 24-hour event held at Rugby Park.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Resuscitation team welocomed 540 people of all ages to the event which took place from 3pm on Sunday 15th October, lasting non-stop until 3pm on the Monday.

Following a 24hr shift, Ashley Ryan, Resuscitation Officer at NHS Ayrshire & Arran said:

“We are delighted to have had more than 500 people take part in our CPR Marathon last week, all helping to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and to learn lifesaving skills.

“99 per cent of people we trained during the marathon left feeling more confident in using these lifesaving skills, should they be required in real life.

“We would like to extend our thanks to our staff, The Killie Community, HeartStart, Save a life Scotland, Police Scotland, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Music to my Ears silent disco and others for all their contributions on the day.”

All 50 young people who attended Killie Kids October Camp learned CPR and received their very own certificate.

Mylo, who attended the October, Summer & Easter Camps said:

“It was so much fun getting to play football on the pitch at Rugby Park and we even learned CPR.

“Getting to meet the Killie players was the best part of my week!”

Daryl Knapp, Programmes Manager at The Killie Community, commented:

“It’s so important to us to use the power of football to improve lives. 

“This is a cause close to our hearts at The Killie Community. Following the passing of one of our supporters, we successfully fundraised to install a public access defibrillator outside Rugby Park, continuing our charity’s commitment to providing vital training opportunities for the local community.”

You can view the full image gallery from the event below.