Who are we?
East Haven is a small costal community on the Angus coast with with a population of around 100 residents and is one of the oldest recorded fishing communities in Scotland dating back to 1214.
Although our village is small we have worked together to create a strong community and a place that people care about. We take part in the Beautiful Scotland compeition every year and in 2016 won a Gold award in addition to Best Coastal Village and the Garden for Life Biodiversity Award. Last year also saw East Haven achieve the first community led Beach Award on mainland Scotland. Thousands of people now visit East Haven every year so residents entered into a partnership with the Local Authority to clean and manage the public toilets which they renamed the 'wee gallery'.
Caring for our Natural Heritage
In addition to creating community gardens and keeping the area litter free we work to protect and conserve the environment and natural heritage. For example, we have planted Kidney Vetch the sole plant food of the UK's smallest butterfly the Small Blue. We also help to conserve a rare plant called the Greater Yellow Rattle as East Haven is the only place in Scotland where it grows naturally. Last Year we held a Community BioBlitz when we recorded every plant, insect, bird and animal we could find. A total of 347 different species. We are holding a mini bioblitz in 2017 where we will do more work to identify and record different species.
Why do we want a Defibrillator and Village Emergency Telephone Number?
During the last thirty years, four residents have died from sudden cardiac arrest, three people on the beach and another in their own home. In 2012, a new coastal path was formed and improvements made to the village environment. As a result, thousands of visitors now pass through the village every year. Ambulance access is difficult due to the geography of the village and a low bridge restricting vehicular access to the beach area.
We would like to purchase a 'Ten Year Managed Solution Package' from the Community Heart Beat Trust. This will provide a modern defibrillator which can be accessed by members of the public from a converted telphone box in the village square. The defibrillator and associated equipment is supported by CHT for ten years. In addition, the package provides training, post incident counselling, insurances and installation costs.
How does the Village Emergency Telephone Number Work?
The Village Emergency Telephone provides a single emergency telephone number for the village. In an emergency, after dialing 999, the VETS number is phoned. This rings out to ten resident's (responders) phones simultaneously. The responder able to take the emergency call mobilises all the help neded. This might be to fetch the community defibrillator and take it to the casualty. Alternatively, it might be to guide ambulances to a property or help ambulance personel to reach the casualty by car. Like many villages, East Haven has an ageing population with 29% of residents aged over 70 years and 22% of residents living alone. The acquisition of a defibrillator and VETS scheme will enable East Haven to manage emergencies more effectively and save lives.
Costs - We are looking to raise £5,600
Who will benefit?
Residents and the thousands of visitors who pass through East Haven every year.
What do we want to do? - Save Lives and become an even stronger community