Defibrillator handover at Royal Cromer Golf Club

A defibrillator is handed over to Royal Cromer Golf club. Andrew Barlow, Community Partnership manag

A defibrillator is handed over to Royal Cromer Golf club. Andrew Barlow, Community Partnership manager for East of England Ambulance Service with, left to right, past captain Alan Barraclough, secretary manager Gary Richardson and captain Rick Taylor. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Golfers are celebrating after they raised enough money to buy a piece of life-saving equipment for the community.

A defibrillator was presented to members of the Royal Cromer Golf Club by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust yesterday.

It has been put up outside the club's main building, on Overstrand Road, so it can be used by anyone – not just players.

Andrew Barlow, community partnership manager for the EEAST, said: 'Defibrillators are crucial in rural areas. When a person collapses there is a small window of opportunity to get CPR initiated, which prepares the patient for a defibrillator.'

He said the machine should be used within three to four minutes of a person collapsing.


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Club member Alan Barraclough, from Aylsham, was the driving force behind the fundraising last year while he was club captain. The defibrillator cost about £1,800.

He had a triple bypass 17 years ago after suffering a major angina attack.

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There is another defibrillator in Cromer at the Henry Blogg Museum.

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