2 Sep

Big-hearted Joggers buy community defibrillator

An Aberdeen running club has just achieved its goal of buying a defibrillator for their local community.

The Fit Like Joggers, based in the city's West End, set out to raise £1295 to buy the medical device. Through holding quiz nights, raffles, sponsored runs and race nights throughout the year, they managed to raise £3200, more than double their initial target.  
 
The device will be installed in the front lobby of the Mariner Hotel in the city’s West End.
 
Money left over after the purchase of the defibrillator will be committed to training both club members and hotel staff in first aid and how to use the machine.
 
David Scott, founder of the club, told the Aberdeen Press & Journal:  “Our fundraising was really good – we exceeded our target and it really brought people together.”
 
He added: “I’ve done a first aid course before and know how important defibs can be, especially in rural areas, in saving someone’s life.
 
“They are so important, even if the ambulance is just a few minutes away it can still make a massive difference.”
 
Founded in 2015, the Fit Like Joggers has gone from strength to strength. The club has organised the Granite City’s 21-mile Brewdog Runs – from the brewery’s Castlegate bar to their HQ/bar in Ellon – since 2016. The event, which regularly sells out, is now held three times a year. 
 
The Fit Like Joggers’ Couch to 5K programme has also recently been shortlisted for the ‘Community Sports Project of the Year’ prize in the Aberdeen Sports Awards.