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Business partnership is a life saver


By Kirsty Brown


A NORTH east taxi firm will provide a mobile defibrillator in their luxury eight-seater cab, ensuring that the life-saving resource can get to those in need fast, after working closely with another local business.

The idea came about when Simon Sorrell from local taxi firm Sorrells, based near Ythanbank, read about the growing registration of defibrillators in communities in the north east.

With these being placed in villages with easy access to cut down the time help can be there, they thought why not take this further and make it mobile, increasing the vital time that can mean the difference that can save a life.

This significant step forward could only be realised due to the support of another local firm, just a mile or so away at Ardlethen - aggregates company Jim Jamieson Quarries, who provided sponsorship for the endeavour.

Thanking Jim Jamieson Quarries, Simon said: “I can't thank Jamieson’s enough!

"I only approached them for a donation, and they offered to pay for the defibrillator in full.

"The mobile defibrillator can be accessed by hailing us down if someone collapses in the street or locally."

Explaining why they got behind the initiative, Jamieson's Gemma Cameron said: “We are very fortunate not only to be able to have this life-saving equipment on various sites but also gifting one to a local taxi firm.

“These things you never can predict, and if we have helped save someone’s life in the local community, then it was worth every penny.

"The taxi is a call away every day and all hours, so you never know when this might be needed.

"Together we can make a difference.”

Present at the official handover of the defibrillator at Jamieson's headquarters was Scottish Ambulance Service's Donald Montgomery who was joined by Jamieson's transport manager Brian Clark as well as Simon and Gemma



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