Bernard Gallacher has saved several golfers’ lives

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 31, 2014 10:55

Scores of golf clubs, including every one in the Isle of Man and at least 15 in Aberdeen alone, have purchased a life-saving defibrillator in 2014 as a direct result of a campaign set up by former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, new figures reveal.

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Bernard Gallacher

The golfer suffered a near fatal heart attack at an Aberdeen golf club last year and was only saved thanks to the proximity of a defibrillator, which provided shocks to his body.

He therefore set up the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign 2014, and the Play Golf – Help Save Lives charity, which helps introduce the machines to golf clubs and other facilities throughout the UK.

So far the campaign has placed more than 450 of the devices at British venues, including several golf clubs.

All eight golf clubs in the Isle of Man has received a defibrillator supplied by the Microgaming Health & Care Trust, which was inspired by the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign after the Isle of Man Golf Union applied to it for support.

Roy Moore, president of the Isle of Man Golf Union, said: “Hearing Bernard Gallacher’s story was what inspired us to pursue this project. Whilst we hope that a situation of this nature never arises, it made us realise how important it was to have a defibrillator onsite at each club on the island, should it ever be required.”

In Aberdeen oil and gas company EnQuest donated 15 defibrillators, worth more than £15,000, to 15 golf clubs.

The company’s North Sea president, Neil McCulloch, said: “As a company that is focused on delivering safe results, we are proud to be getting defibrillators out to many of the golf clubs with high levels of membership.”

Several other clubs in the UK purchased defibrillators as a result of Bernard Gallacher’s campaigning.


Gordon Strachan, who donated a defibrillator to one golf club recently

One was Silverknowes Golf Club in Scotland, which was donated a device worth £1,500.

It later emerged that the man behind the donation was Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan – his father used to be a member at the club.

A member of a Monash social golf club snubbed for council cash for a defibrillator has died on the golf course this morning.

The member of Oakleigh Veterans Golf Club, who was aged in his 80s, died of a suspected massive heart attack at around 7.30am at the public gold course on Park Rd.

Club captain Desmond Stow said the members were ‘very distressed” but were very grateful for the efforts of paramedics who tried to revive the man.

“Unfortunately by the time the ambulance arrived and we had the defibrillator it was too late,” Mr Stow said.

Mr Stow said the man had been a member of the club for five years and would be greatly missed.

The importance of golf clubs acquiring defibrillators became clear this year when an Australian golf club, Oakleigh Public Golf Course, applied for public funding to purchase one, but was rejected. Shortly afterwards one of the club’s members died of a heart attack on the course – the club had actually just bought a defibrillator privately, but it arrived on the scene too late.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 31, 2014 10:55
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