Arrhythmia Alliance - Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign
In August 2013, former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher collapsed during a dinner at a hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Bernard had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Thanks to the immediate action of the hotel staff with CPR and early shocks from a life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Bernard survived. Bernard has gone on to make a full recovery and has had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted to prevent further cardiac arrests.
Drawing on his own personal experience, in partnership with Arrhythmia Alliance and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Bernard decided to launch the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign, to support the placement of live-saving public-access AEDs at golf clubs across the UK. Over four million people attend one of the country’s 3,000 golf clubs each year, but currently only a third of these clubs have an on-site AED.
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The Arrhythmia Alliance Receives £5000 towards defibrillators for Golf Clubs
Press Release - For Immediate Release - Thursday 13 February 2020
The Arrhythmia Alliance has received more than £5,000 towards placing defibrillators in golf clubs across the UK.
This donation was made by specialist golf insurance provider Golf Care and its ambassador, former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher OBE.
This donation is part of the 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.
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.”
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.
He said: “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 fortunate in future. The more awareness we can raise of the importance of defibrillators, the better.”
Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Golf Care, added: “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.”