Life-saving defibrillators worth more than £15,000 have been supplied to golf clubs in the north-east thanks to a campaign by Bernard Gallacher.
The heart-start devices – one of which was used to save the former Ryder Cup captain’s life when he suffered a cardiac arrest in Aberdeen in August 2013 – were supplied by oil and gas company EnQuest.
The clubs to benefit are Nigg Bay, Murcar Links and Culter, in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Turriff, Fraserburgh, Inverallochy, Longside, Ballater, McDonald (Ellon) and Shetland.
The Kings Links golf centre in Aberdeen also received a defibrillator.
Mr Gallacher set up the charity, Play Golf – Help Save Lives, after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a function at the Marcliffe Hotel, and he has been campaigning for golf clubs to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) ever since.
Fortunately for him, the hotel had a defibrillator.
Enquest were able to donate to defibrillators to the golf clubs following a charity golf day in June.
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 in the north-east with high levels of membership.”