A COMMUNITY fundraising group has helped bring three defibrillators to Tranent town centre in memory of one of its founding members.

Tranent Belters’ journey to install the life-saving equipment started after the death of Jim Bober in March 2019.

Jim passed away at the age of 66, having joined the Belters in 1974 when it first formed. He helped raise thousands of pounds for local causes and was made a life member in 2017.

In Jim’s memory, it was decided to raise funds for a defibrillator to be installed at the Post Office at Thomson’s of Tranent on Winton Place.

But following support from the community, which a group spokesperson described as “overwhelming”, it was able to buy three instead of one.

Defibrillators are used to revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest.

As well as at the Post Office, new defibrillators have been put up outside East Coast Carpets and St Martin’s Church Hall.

The Belters wanted to thank various people and groups for their support during the project: ward councillor Colin McGinn for helping source the defibrillators; community stalwart and DJ Davie Martin for helping to promote the work of Tranent Belters; former member George Wilson for helping with the planning applications; and Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council for assisting with the cost of the applications.

George and Susan Thomson, at Thomson’s of Tranent; Lyndsey and Brian Young at East Coast Carpets; and the St Martin’s men’s group were also warmly thanked.