The new defibrillator was funded by our own Team NWAS charity using money raised by Sue Jones, in memory of her late husband Terry, who sadly passed away whilst playing golf at the club.
Sue said, “Terry was playing golf with the “hags” golf society at Davyhulme when he passed away. Luckily, amongst his golf buddies was a resuscitation trained fireman and various hospital staff. Thanks to the golf pro at the club, who was alerted and brought a mobile defibrillator from the office, and the paramedics, Terry was given every chance possible. Had a defibrillator not been available, I would be forever wondering what if. Or had the club house been shut, the small one would not of been available at all.”
After Terry passed, Sue started to think about how she could honour him. She told us, “Terry’s role as an anaesthetic operating department practitioner was to help, save and improve the lives of others so what better legacy to have than to be able to potentially continue to give others a chance. I started the JustGiving page to try and raise some funds for a public access defibrillator to go at the club.”
Sue was blown away by the generosity of Terry’s family, friends and colleagues who all donated. They raised over five thousand pounds and worked with our charity to secure at least three defibrillators, potentially four.
Sue said, “I think defibrillators are brilliant for the golf clubs as lots of people pass through there daily. If anyone goes into cardiac arrest, this vital piece of equipment will potentially save someone’s life.”
“The unveiling was a very proud and humbling day. A long wait but absolutely worth it to see the defibrillator box become available and have Terry’s name on it. We were joined by family, friends, the golf boys that tried to save Terry, many of his golfing family, officials from the golf club and Paramedic Scott McAughtrie.”