Case 1: an organisation showed how it planned to save lives
We received an application from an organisation that wanted to provide Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) for use in remote rural areas of Scotland.
We had to decide if providing PADs for use in the community would save lives. The organisation provided evidence that showed in the case of cardiac arrest, the sooner help is given the better the survival rates.
The applicant told us that when an emergency call is made, the operator is aware that there is a PAD in the area and will inform the caller where it is sited and how to access it while also alerting the local doctor and ambulance service.
Given the remote locations in question and the importance of quick action in cardiac cases, we decided that providing PADs would save lives. The application to become a charity was successful.
Case 2: an organisations work in preventing suicide met the charity test
An organisation applied to us with purposes including the saving of lives: it intended to fund counselling for those at risk of suicide.
We asked the organisation for more information about its activities to see how they related to its purposes. It told us that people looking for help would be assessed against generally accepted criteria of suicide risk. The organisation would fund most of the cost of sessions with approved counsellors for those assessed as being at risk.
We considered that the organisation’s activities in trying to reduce the number of suicides were intended to provide public benefit in saving lives. The application to become a charity was successful.