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North Ayrshire golf club gets funding for defibrillator

Kilbirnie Place Golf Club defibrillator

When a senior member of Kilbirnie Place Golf Club suffered a heart attack while out on the course, the club realised it was missing one potentially vital piece of equipment.

The club, which was established in 1925, didn’t have a defibrillator in the clubhouse for such an eventuality so, while the member was safely treated and made a full recovery, this incident drove the members to consider buying a defibrillator.

Unfortunately, with a falling membership over the last few years and the club’s efforts to keep membership costs down, it was short of funds. 

Two of the Kilbirnie Place Golf Club representatives, Ian McLean and Lee McBurnie, then applied for funding to the Dalry Parish Boundary Trust, which manages the community benefit fund for the Millour Hill Community Wind Farms, on behalf of Community Windpower.

A grant of £1,000 was approved and the money was used to help purchase a brand new defibrillator, which is now securely placed in the clubhouse ready for any emergency.

“I was surprised to learn that the average age of golfers in Scotland and across UK is 63 these days,” said Dalry Parish Boundary Trust Secretary John Smith.

“This of course reflects changing trends in society and when we looked at the club’s application, as they have members who come from Dalry as well as Beith, Kilwinning and Kilbirnie itself, it was clear this was a request the Boundary Trust could meet.”

The club’s management committee are hopeful of recovering financial stability over the coming few years, for a club that will celebrate its centenary in just five years’ time.

Today, 25 of their 60 senior members hail from Dalry and the club is being proactive with that aim in mind, working closely with Garnock Campus Sports Council to introduce youngsters to the game.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which owns and operates the Millour Hill and Dalry Community Wind Farms, said: “We’re really pleased to see how the community benefit fund is being used to help local people.

“We know just how much the fund benefits people, charities, schools and other organisations in North Ayrshire, and this funding can be literally lifesaving.”

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