THE campaign to have public-access defibrillators installed in Barrhead took another step forward at the weekend thanks to a fundraising event. 

Hosted by Barrhead Rotary Club, the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership held a tabletop sale in St John’s Church, Barrhead, on Saturday, with all money raised going towards the initiative. 

With a number of events held on Saturday, including a fun day and craft fair at the Barrhead Foundry, attendance at the sale may have been a little lower than organisers expected. 

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But, despite the turnout, which was not helped by the dreich weekend weather, the fundraiser managed to bring in a total of £125, which will go towards the installation of the devices. 

Plans are currently progressing for 10 of the life-saving machines to be installed across the town in the coming months in partnership with Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders. 

Douglas Yates of Barrhead Rotary said: “There was a lot of competition on Saturday, not just the showery weather but with other events on in Barrhead. 

“The weather can really dictate how good turnout is. 

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“Despite this we managed to raise some money for the campaign which we are very pleased with. Every little helps. 

“We will be holding another of these events soon, with a view to raising more money.”