Thursday 28 April 2022

Businesses from the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre (FRIC) in Methil have been fundraising for the last year to raise money to buy lifesaving equipment for the local community.   FRIC’s tenant businesses have, over the last 12 months, raised £1,999 to buy a defibrillator, which was installed at the business centre yesterday (Wednesday 27th April 2022).  A series of fundraising events have been held at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre including cake sales, and the sale of local crafts including wax melts.  Nikki Lindsay, Manager of Gibson Care, a tenant at FRIC and who inspired the fundraising campaign, commented:  “FRIC tenants and local businesses have been so supportive in our fundraising campaign and have helped us raise money to buy a community defibrillator. It’s been a real team effort!  “We launched the defibrillator with a cake sale, which raised 75 per cent of the money needed to maintain the unit over the next year. We also had a demonstration on how to operate the unit. If a defibrillator is used correctly, it can increase survival rates considerably.” The businesses will continue to raise money to support the use of the defibrillator. In addition, the community of businesses have also been collecting essentials for Ukraine. Andrew Goulder, Lead Officer Business Property, Economic Development at Fife Council welcomed the installation of this lifesaving equipment. He said: “The businesses located at FRIC have been inspiring in terms of their determination to raise funds. There is a great community feel amongst the businesses, and their ability to fundraise for a defibrillator and raise the money needed in a year, is testament to that.   “To have a defibrillator located at FRIC for local businesses and the local community, should they need it, will enable many more lives to be saved in the event of cardiac arrest. Thank you to the businesses at FRIC for all they have done to achieve this.”