Stephen is defibrillator charity champ

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One of Scotland’s best known golfers has agreed to be part of a life-saving campaign.

Linlithgow’s Stephen Gallacher has become champion of the St John Scotland and Scottish Golf defibrillator project.

The aim of the joint effort is to have as many defibrillators as possible in communities to save as many lives when medical emergencies arise.

The West Lothian super sportsman is keen to promote the community aspect of the life-saving devices.

Stephen said: “I am delighted to become an ambassador of the St John Scotland defibrillator project which has donated machines to golf clubs the length and breadth of Scotland over the past two years.

“It is great to see this life saving equipment becoming a community asset, available to all so that lives can be saved wherever possible.”

St John’s partnership with Scottish Golf has resulted in a further 24 defibrillators being presented to golf clubs in Scotland bringing the total to 46.

Clubs from Stranraer to Glasgow and Nairn to Fife have all benefited from the project.

Area liaison officer Janet Know, who has been heavily involved in the project, said: “The secretaries of every club visited had a story about an incident on the course, some with happier outcomes than others.

“This project will help save lives.”

The Prior of St John Scotland, Major General Mark Strudwick, said: “To have such a well-known, Scottish based professional player to help promote the work we are doing is a tremendous boost.

“I am extremely grateful to Stephen for taking on this ambassador role.

“The more we can raise awareness of the project to golf clubs and communities the better it will be for everyone.”