The family of a Stewarton woman who died suddenly from a cardiac arrest have successfully campaigned for the installation of a “life-saving” public defibrillator.

Available in Kilmarnock’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church from late last month, the family also had a defibrillator installed in The Centre in Stewarton late last year.

Laura Henderson was 42 when she died as a result of a cardiac arrest in March 2021 while she was out on a run.

Laura’s brother Jason said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult time since she died, but as a family we were keen to do something positive in her memory, so we decided we wanted to install defibrillators around the area she grew up in Stewarton.

“Laura was from Stewarton but attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school in Kilmarnock. Laura spent many years in her younger days with her friends at school, and so there are lots of happy memories here.

“We hope that by providing these defibrillators, we can prevent another family from going through the same heartbreak we have.”

Laura Henderson was only 42 when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrestLaura's friends and family with the newly installed defibrillator

The family partnered with the charity St John Scotland, who help provide medical support to communities, to make this possible and hope to have more public access defibrillators installed around Ayrshire.

Fifty of Laura’s former colleagues at Tennent’s have also participated in their own fundraising efforts by organising a ‘reach for the sky’ challenge to climb stairs, hills, and mountains.

Managing to climb a cumulative 125,000 metres, they raised £2,000 which was doubled by Tennent’s to make a total of £4,000.

The money will be used to fund more public access defibrillators with the help of St John Scotland.