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Marking Keiran's 21st in a fitting style

By Alistair Whitfield

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A BID to raise £21,000 is being made to mark what would have been Keiran McKandie’s 21st birthday.

The Moray teenager died three years ago while waiting half-an-hour for an ambulance after colliding a car while mountain biking.

His parents, Sandra and Gordon McKandie, have since set up the charity Keiran’s Legacy which has bought 16 defibrillators for police cars and other emergency service vehicles across the north-east.

These have already provided life-saving treatment to 50 people.

The charity has also provided CPR and defibrillator training to more than 1,000 people and is campaigning for every school in Moray to have defibrillators installed.

The first fundraising event will take place later this month in the effort to raise an extra £21,000 in Keiran's memory.

Springfield Properties is hosting a spinathon at the recently opened Moray Sports Centre on Friday, July 26.

Sandra McKandie, who's from Mosstowie, said: "Keiran would have turned 21 next June and it is important for us to remember our son and continue his legacy.

"Keiran had to wait half-an-hour for an ambulance to reach him with the right equipment which was simply too long.

"Every year 60,000 people suffer a sudden out of hospital cardiac arrest and only one out of ten of these people survive.

"With greater access to community defibrillators this can be prevented. In the three years since Keiran’s death, we’ve worked hard to ensure defibrillators are available in public spaces, in schools and with first responders to help prevent further tragedies.

"Thankfully, we’ve had great support from the local community, helping us to make some progress but more needs to be done, particularly in rural areas.

"We’ll be holding events across Moray in the next year and hope to educate people on the importance of defibrillators and how to use them, as well as the life-saving role they play in emergency situations."

Diane Kemp from Springfield Properties said: "Sandra and Gordon have already saved lives thanks to their unwavering dedication to raise money for defibrillators through Keiran’s Legacy.

"We are proud to continue our support of the charity by hosting the spinathon and kick off a year of fundraising to celebrate Keiran’s life and continue his legacy."

The cost to participate is £10 per 45-minute class held from 1pm-7pm and there will be raffle prizes to be won.

To sign up for a spin session visit the eventbrite website and type "keirans legacy".

To donate go to wonderful.org and do the same.

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