Roof Truss award for life-saving equipment

20150320- Forfar Roofing Cheque. 'Stuart Balfour a coach with Forfar Boys 2005 team is pictured receiving this month's cheque from Brett Hampton with Jake, Carson, Jack and Lewis from the team. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20150320- Forfar Roofing Cheque. 'Stuart Balfour a coach with Forfar Boys 2005 team is pictured receiving this month's cheque from Brett Hampton with Jake, Carson, Jack and Lewis from the team. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

The latest £250 sponsorship cheque from the Forfar Roof Truss Company has gone towards life-saving equipment for Forfar Boys Football Club.

The club put in its application after a traumatic event in October when nine-year-old Braedyn Reid of the Under 9 team collapsed with an undiagnosed heart problem during training.

The efforts of the club’s coaching staff and parents on the scene saved Braedyn’s life, with one coach performing perfect CPR for 23 minutes.

In his application Stuart Balfour explained: “I am part of the coaching staff of the under 9s age group. We recently had a boy collapse at training and we required a defibrillator machine to save his life.

“This happened at Webster’s Sports Centre in Kirriemuir where they have such a machine.

“After this traumatic event we decided to raise funds to buy our own defibrillator.”

Club chairman Barry Quinn has already purchased three machines, as well as training for 75 people, and the kind-hearted workers of the Shell Gannet A platform, led by Terry Stout, recently presented the club with £1,000 for another machine and training for 25 people.

Coach Balfour explained he has undertaken a personal challenge to raise more funds to allow the club to buy defibrillators.

He continued: “I work for Royal Mail as a postman and came up with the idea of asking people to sponsor me if I could go the whole winter wearing my shorts to work.

“It was a pretty tough challenge and I wore them from November 3 to February 28.

“People’s generosity has been very humbling but, as these machines are fairly expensive, the Roof Truss donation would be very much appreciated.

“We have 10 different age groups in the club. Braedyn was in our age group so we decided we would do something. It has been amazing. On the back of what happened we decided to do something positive to try to raise money ourselves.

“It has grown arms and legs as, once people knew what we were doing, they did their own bit to raise money.”

The monthly Roof Truss sponsorship cheque is made in conjunction with the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald.

If you feel you or your organisation could benefit from a £250 boost please apply in writing to Forfar Roof Truss Company Sponsorship Project, c/o Angus County Press Limited, 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH, by the last day of any given month.

Accompanying your application should be details (no more than 300 words), providing relevant background information on you or the organisation you represent and how the £250 could be used.

Repeat applications will be accepted, although successful applicants in any given month will not be re-considered during the remainder of the year.

The judging panel comprises members of the Angus County Press editorial staff, and each month the decision will be final.