HeartSine is pleased to donate several AEDs to promote the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign, launched today, to place public access defibrillators (AEDs) on all UK Golf Clubs in 2014.
Drawing on his own personal experience of suffering a sudden cardiac arrest on August 28 of this year, Gallacher was joined by a gallery of friends and colleagues from the world of sport and show business at Wentworth Club today to kick off the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign 2014.
It was only thanks to the availability of an automated external defibrillator (AED) following his collapse during a dinner reception, along with early-response CPR treatment at the venue, that Gallacher was able to regain consciousness and take steps towards a full recovery.
However, that close brush with death inspired Bernard and his wife, Lesley, to announce plans to lead a campaign for AEDs to be widely available in every single golf club and driving range in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
With the Gallachers’ profile and encouragement, allied to a fundraising campaign being run concurrently with the PGA and Arrhythmia Alliance – the Heart Rhythm Charity – an estimated 2600 golfing venues and around 4,000,000 club golfers could benefit from the campaign.