Hebbie’s gives the gift of life to village

Strichen butcher Hebbie Fowlie (centre) with son Gavin and GP Gavin Packham and the defibrillators.
Strichen butcher Hebbie Fowlie (centre) with son Gavin and GP Gavin Packham and the defibrillators.

A Strichen butcher has donated two lifesaving machines to his local community.

Hebbie Fowlie of Bert Fowlie Butchers, purchased the two machines following a campaign to train first responders in the village.

The move also coincided with the 60th anniversary of the popular butcher shop.

Now, interested members of the public who wish to become first responders are being invited to attend a special training session to be held next month.

Commenting on the purchase, Mr Fowlie said that the machines - which cost £3,000 - was a fitting tribute to his late father Bert, who died of a heart attack three years ago.

“Instead of doing anything silly with our anniversary, we decided to buy a couple of defibrillators to give back to the village,” he said.

“Gavin Packham, who is the village doctor, has helped me to pick them and we’ve bought two.

“Both machines will be in the village, giving that extra bit of security.

“One will be located at the community park, which meant a lot of my father who instigated its development, and the other will be based within our shop.

“We felt, as a business, this would be a good way of celebrating.

“A course has been organised for July 2 at the Ritchie Hall in /Strichen with the hope that we can train people on using the defibrillators.”

Those who would like to attend the training sesssion are asked to call 01771 637234 to reserve their place. The training will run from 10am to 4pm.