Thursday, 28 April 2016

Golfers help save seven lives

Photo, L-R: Air ambulance doctor Matt Miller, Effingham Golf Club 2015 Captain Alastair Weight, Golf Manager Steve Hoatson and Paramedic Simon Goodwin

Golfers at Effingham Golf Club have raised enough funds to help Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance potentially save seven lives.

General Manager Steve Slinger raised £2,614 alone by running and walking Hadrian’s Wall in just 24 hours and the rest was raised from the Captain’s Charity Day and various activities.

The club raised a grand total of £18,552 which 2015 Club Captain Alastair Weight and Golf Manager Steve Hoatson presented to the doctor and paramedic at the Redhill helicopter base.

Alastair said: “My brother in law and my friend’s daughter were both airlifted in separate incidents which reinforced my decision to support them.

“As a charity, they rely almost entirely on public donations and receive no statutory Government or National Lottery funding.”

Last year, the air ambulance was called to Effingham Golf Club after a player suffered a cardiac arrest on the 18-hole course.

He was given first aid by club members and staff using one of the club’s two defibrillators. He was then airlifted to the specialist cardiac unit at St George’s Hospital in London and has since recovered.

It costs £6.5million a year to keep both helicopters flying and each callout costs about £2,500.


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