Springfield host spinathon to fundraise for Keiran's Legacy

18 July 2019
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The first fundraising event in efforts to raise £21,000 over the next 12 months to mark what would be Keiran McKandie’s 21st birthday, is to take place at the end of July. 

The Moray teenager sadly passed away three years ago while waiting half-an-hour for an ambulance to arrive after being hit by a car while mountain biking. Since his death in 2016, Sandra and Gordon McKandie, Keiran’s parents, have set up the charity ‘Keiran’s Legacy’ to help buy defibrillators for communities and provide education in Moray and across the north-east of Scotland. 

By equipping first responders such as the police force and fire engines with portable defibrillators, Sandra and Gordon hope further deaths could be prevented. The charity has already provided 16 defibrillators carrying Keiran’s name to emergency services alone, providing life-saving treatment to 50 people.

The charity also visits schools to offer CPR lessons and defibrillator education to pupils and is campaigning for every school in Moray to have defibrillators installed. So far, the charity has provided training for over 1,000 people.

To honour Keiran’s 21st birthday, the charity has set a fundraising target of £21,000 over the next year. Springfield Properties is hosting the first event to help Keiran’s Legacy reach their goal - a spinathon at the recently opened Moray Sports Centre on Friday 26July. The cost to participate is £10 per 45-minute class held from 1pm-7pm and there will be raffle prizes to be won. 

Sandra McKandie 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.”

Springfield Properties, Senior HR Advisor, Diane Kemp, said:

“Sandra and Gordon have already saved lives thanks to their unwavering dedication to raise money for defibrillators through Keiran’s Legacy. As a business established in the north, our community roots run deep and Springfield staff have been hosting office dress down days and bake sales to fundraise for Keiran’s Legacy since the start of the year. 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.

“There will be six spin sessions at the event, giving people plenty of opportunity to get involved and sweat it out with us for such a good cause.” 

To sign up for a spin session visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keirans-legacy-spinathon-tickets-63424645823.

For those unable to make the event, a fundraising page has been set up and can be visited at https://www.wonderful.org/fundraiser/keiranslegacyspinathon-3123a0f9