We recently donated £5,000 to the Arrhythmia Alliance which will go towards placing defibrillators in golf clubs across the UK.
This donation is part of the Help Save Golfers’ Lives campaign, which was launched after it was found that two-thirds of golf clubs still don’t have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on-site.
Paul Williams, Chief Executive at Golf Care, said: “It’s important to us to give something back to the golfing community and this donation is our way of doing that.
“We’re keen golfers ourselves and we care about the safety and well-being of golfers. If this donation can save even one golfer’s life, it’s achieved exactly what we intended.”
How did we raise the money?
We made an initial donation of £1,000 to the Arrhythmia Alliance and raised the remaining amount in a number of ways:
- Giving away top-of-the-range hybrid golf clubs as part of a prize draw in exchange for donations of £5 or more
- Offering exclusive tickets to the BMW PGA Championship and a meet-and-greet with our ambassador Bernard Gallacher OBE
- Promoting Bernard as a guest speaker at golf events across the UK
Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation from Golf Care towards the placement of life-saving AED’s on golf courses.
“If someone suffers a cardiac arrest while playing golf, their chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute that defibrillation is delayed. However, CPR combined with early defibrillation (use of an AED) increases their chances of survival by over 50%.
This highlights just how essential AED’s are and why every golf club in the UK should have one.”
How many golf clubs currently have defibrillators?
More than 100 AEDs have been installed in UK golf clubs over the last four years as a result of Bernard Gallacher’s continuous campaigning.
Bernard suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Aberdeen in 2013 and it was only through the application of an automated external defibrillator that he survived.
Bernard added: “It’s because of a defibrillator that I’m here today. I was very fortunate and I just hope that, thanks to Golf Care’s donation, someone else is as fortunate in future. The more awareness we can raise of the importance of defibrillators the better.”
How can I make a donation?
To find out more about the Saving Golfers’ Lives campaign or to make a donation, click here.