Fifteen golf clubs across Aberdeen-city and -shire have been gifted life-saving equipment worth a total of more than £15,000 by North Sea oil producer EnQuest in partnership with Falck Safety Services.
Automated external defibrillators were donated to each of the clubs following EnQuest’s recent annual charity golf day which raised more than £75,000 for a number of charities, including Bernard Gallacher’s Play Golf – Help Save Lives campaign.
The former Ryder Cup captain, who started the campaign after suffering a cardiac arrest during a dinner reception in Aberdeen last year, credits the availability of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the venue along with early-response CPR treatment he received for saving his life.
Aberdeen-based EnQuest – the largest UK independent producer in the UK North Sea – also donated £10,000 to the Arrhythmia Alliance, which raises awareness of cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment, as well as £25,000 to each of the company’s two nominated charities – Archway and The Paul Lawrie Foundation.
Golfer Gallacher said: “Without a defibrillator, your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest is as low as 5% so we are incredibly grateful to EnQuest for their generous donation of this life-saving equipment to so many clubs”
Former Open champion Paul Lawrie, said: “EnQuest’s golf day raised a phenomenal amount of money for us as well as Archway and Bernard’s defib campaign. This fantastic donation will help us with our goal of getting more kids involved in golf and sport in general.”