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Golf Care and Arrhythmia Alliance defibrillator campaign

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Bernard Gallacher defibrillator campaign

Bernard Gallacher, 3-time Ryder Cup Captain and Golf Care Ambassador

A defibrillator saved Bernard Gallacher's life

Without the use of a defibrillator, Bernard Gallacher would not be alive today. The former Europe Ryder Cup Captain suffered a sudden Cardiac Arrest moments before he was due to give an after-dinner speech in Aberdeen.

The sudden Cardiac Arrest stopped his heart, and it was only through the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) that Bernard was able to survive, as this shocked his heart into a normal rhythm.

This proved to be a life-saving intervention. If you have a heart attack, use of both CPR and an AED increases your chance of survival by more than 50%, compared to just a 9% increase in survival chances if CPR alone is used.

The facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sadly, Bernard's story is far from an isolated one. Golfers across the country are at risk of suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Every year in the UK, Sudden cardiac Arrest is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 people, making it the nation's biggest killer.

In fact, it kills more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined. Access to an AED would save thousands of lives every year.

Recently, a defibrillator which Bernard donated to Bathgate Golf Club saved the life of a 44-year-old father of two, who suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the car park.

Worryingly, though, nearly two thirds of UK golf clubs still don't have an AED on-site, according to figures from the Arrhythmia Alliance.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest statistics UK
Paul Williams, Bernard Gallacher and Trudie Lobban MBE on a golf course with a defibrillator

L-R: Paul Williams from Golf Care, Bernard Gallacher, Trudie Lobban MBE from the Arrhythmia Alliance

What we're doing to change things

Golf Care has teamed up with the Arrhythmia Alliance to launch the Saving Golfers’ Lives campaign. The aim of this campaign is to raise money to provide more defibrillators for UK golf clubs.

We have donated an initial £1,000 to the charity and will make further contributions during 2019, in order to raise enough money to get AEDs installed in more golf clubs.

However, we need your help in achieving this goal...

How YOU can help

We have created a JustGiving page, where you can pledge towards our campaign.

Your donation, however big or small, will go a long way towards saving the lives of golfers everywhere.
Don't just take our word for it...

"Without a defibrillator, I wouldn't be here today. I'm in a very lucky position and I want to make sure that other golfers are just as fortunate as I was."

Bernard Gallacher

Former Europe Ryder Cup Captain and Golf Care ambassador

"Bernard's experience emphasises the importance of all golf clubs having a defibrillator. Cardiac arrest kills more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined."

Trudie Lobban MBE

Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance

"Safety on the course is an issue we're passionate about at Golf Care. Hopefully, this campaign significantly reduces golf course fatalities and makes a lasting difference."

Paul Williams

Executive Chairman of Golf Care

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