Highlands & Islands Regional MSP and long-time road safety campaigner, David Stewart, tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament today (31/10/18) acknowledging and commending Gordon and Sandra McKandie for their drive, determination motivation and strength in raising funds to purchase defibrillators which have been issued to Police Scotland Roads Policing Units in the North East Division where the medical equipment has already been used 39 times resulting in the saving of a 52 year old man’s life. The family has now raised funds to provide the Highlands and Islands Division with the same equipment. The fundraising is part of the charity they set up called ‘Kierans Legacy’ which is in memory of their 16 year old son who was killed in a road collision back in 2016 near his home in Moray.
David Stewart said “ I am humbled and at the same time proud to have the opportunity to table a motion in the Scottish Parliament which recognises the charitable work of these two loving parents who have done so much to help save others by purchasing and donating defibrillators to Police Scotland Roads Policing Units. I have been fully aware of this tragic case through my own and my team’s work within the North Of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT). Despite having to grieve for the loss of their son, Gordon and Sandra have found the strength and will to set up this tremendous legacy to their son. It is a truism that is not depleted by repetition that there is no greater tragedy, no greater sorrow and no greater loss than for a parent to lose a child.