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Jamie Skinner Foundation welcomes new Edinburgh defibrillators

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The Jamie Skinner Foundation has celebrated the installation of life-saving defibrillators in Edinburgh schools as it continues its work protecting the health of young sporting talent.
 
The award-winning Foundation is named after tragic young Tynecastle FC footballer Jamie Skinner, who passed away in December 2013 at the age of just 13 years-old, while playing his beloved beautiful game. Youth Football Scotland's annual Goal of the Season award is also named in his honour.
 
Friends and family of the Liberton High pupil believe that his sudden collapse after suffering a cardiac arrest at Saughton Sports Complex, although unpredictable, might not have been lethal, and his young life saved, if a nearby defibrillator had been used.
 
The Foundation hopes to raise awareness of issues surrounding sport and health to try and avoid another tragedy. 
 
More than 1,500 Scots died after suffering a cardiac arrest in 2013 alone. Immediate provision of CPR and the use of a defibrillator within five minutes, however, can increase survival rates to nearly 75%.
 
Now the Scottish Government and Edinburgh City Council have joined forces to provide funds for defibrillators to be purchased for and fitted in the capital's Gracemount High School and Holyrood High School. The Jamie Skinner Foundation, which has itself raised over £40,000 to provide defibrillators to sports clubs across the Lothian region, welcomed the news online this weekend. 
 
Edinburgh's local authority leaders have pledged to provide sufficient funding to ensure every high school in the city has such a life-saver. In addition, the Scottish Government's £100,000 cardiac arrest strategy, launched in March 2015, is the first of its kind globally and aims to save more than 1,000 lives by 2020.

David Kelly | YFS South East Region Journalist
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