Gordon Boyd presents Haddington Golf Club President Gordon Blackie with the defibrillator. Also pictured are (far left) Rotarian Drew Ramsay and (far right) Gordon Bathgate, Allan McDougall, Solicitors
The Rotary Club of Haddington became involved with raising money to provide the defibrillator when popular Golf Club member Harvey Butterworth tragically died last year on the course.
One of his playing partners on the day, Rotarian Gordon Boyd, raised the question of the availability of a defibrillator, and in conjunction with the Golf Club, an appeal to raise money to buy the equipment was launched. The money was kindly donated by members of the public as well as members of the Rotary and Golf Clubs. Both Clubs were very happy to accept a donation from Mr Butterworth’s daughter Susanne Freer, whose very moving tribute to her father was published in “The Courier” on 25th March 2015. Allan McDougall, Solicitors also very kindly donated a substantial amount to the appeal.
St John Ambulance has been very involved with securing the defibrillators in conjunction with Scottish Golf and through their defibrillator scheme for Golf Clubs. As part of their contribution, St John Ambulance arranged a fully certificated Training Course in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillators) at Haddington Golf Club for employees and members of the Golf Club and members of Haddington Rotary.
Trainees Drew and Gordon in action – Drew just realised he might have to use the defibrillator to resuscitate his mobile phone!