THE OLD adage ‘Life begins at 40!’ has taken on an entirely new meaning for Kirriemuir businessman Paul Soutar.
When he celebrated his 40th birthday with a party for family and friends at the beginning of the year, he asked for donations rather than presents, with the money being split equally between the Scottish SPCA and the Kirriemuir Community First Responder Scheme.
His party in the Town Hall was a great success with a total of £1,010 raised through a raffle and the sale of roses kindly donated by Cath Campbell of Oakfield.
After receiving half the proceeds of the night, Murray McEwan, community resuscitation development officer for the Scottish Ambulance Service east central division, thanked Paul for his generous gift.
He said: “I thank Paul, as a local businessman, for putting something back into the local community. It’s fantastic to see a local business support such a fantastic community initiative.
“This donation will undoubtedly help save lives and will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator.”
The scheme was launched by the Scottish Ambulance Service in April and since then the volunteers, run in partnership with the Order of St John, have attended 999 call-outs and have made a positive impact on patient outcomes.