Clubs getting to the heart of the matter

Club members display the defibrillators at Leven Thistle Golf Club (pic by Steven Brown)
Club members display the defibrillators at Leven Thistle Golf Club (pic by Steven Brown)

The golfing fraternity of Leven is going a fair way towards making the town’s famous links arena one of the safest as well as one of the best.

Following the acquisition of three new defibrillators by Leven Thistle and Leven Golfing Society, to treat anyone who suffers a heart attack or cardiac arrest while playing out on the course, a pair of training sessions on how to use them will shortly be taking place.

The clubs, managed by the Leven Links Joint Committee, started the Leven Links Defibrillator campaign last summer, after a local player became ill out on the 10th fairway. Fellow golfer Gordon Robertson, assisted by others, carried out CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) before the man was taken to hospital.

The appeal has been supported by, among others, Diageo UK, the Rotary Club of Leven, the Arrythmia Alliance and royalties from a book by Stewart Bendoris of LGS.

The life-saving apparatus is not intended soley for golfers – it will be available for anyone playing at nearby Leven Bowling Club, as well as dog walkers, ramblers and anyone out and about in the beach vicinity who may need it.

Campaigners hope the golf course, beachfront area and the bowling club will be covered at any time of the day.

Both training sessions start at 7pm and the first is an evening open to all on Monday, March 2 at Leven Thistle Golf Club, in Balfour Street, (tel 01333 426333).

The next one is a week later on March 9 at Links Road, Leven (01333 426096) for members and staff, in association with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Soft refreshments will be served free of charge just before the start of the sessions, at both venues where the clubs are both now recruiting new memberships for the 2015-16 golf season, and further training dates will be announced to cater for additional demand.