WHEN one of the members of a golf club died on the course, staff knew it was time to get a defibrillator.
So members of Southwick Park Golf Club worked hard to raise £500 for one of the life-saving machines.
The rest of the funding was donated by the British Heart Foundation.
The golf club wants to tell its story as part of The News campaign to double the number of defibrillators across the area.
A defibrillator, which shocks the heart back into action, can increase the chances of survival by as much as 50 per cent.
Alan Chapman is a board member at the club.
He said: ‘We had a case a while back where one of the members died on the golf course.
‘I found out that we could get a defibrillator through the British Heart Foundation.
‘It took a little while to get it up and running.
‘But if it saves one life then it’s got to be important.
‘The chap that died was a very good friend of mine and he was only 51.’
There is a shortage of defibrillators in Portsmouth and surrounding area.
And there’s a distinct lack of machines that can be used by the public in an emergency.
By getting them in busy public places, including schools, shopping centres, railway and bus stations, gyms, workplaces and community centres, the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest drastically go up.
Alan said he is fully behind The News campaign.
‘It’s absolutely great,’ he said.
‘I’ve just come back from America and everywhere you seem to go to in public places, they seem to have defibrillators.
‘They are everywhere.
‘It’s a bit slow getting off the ground here.
‘But they take very little maintenance. They are very simple to use. They are totally safe.’
Staff from South Central Ambulance Service visited the club to show the members how to use it.
The trust can provide training. Visit southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/campaigns/startaheart.
The Community Heartbeat Trust can also help and have a scheme to equip public phone boxes with defibrillators.
Call 0845 86 277 39 or go to communityheartbeat.org.uk.