A DEFIBRILLATOR has now been installed at Tillicoultry Golf Club, making this emergency piece of equipment accessible to the public.

Members at the golf club have achieved a long term aim of having a publicly accessible defibrillator, which can be a lifesaver for anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.

For several years, the club had a defibrillator within the clubhouse, which was only to be available to members.

Members campaigned for one that everyone could access, which has now been made possible thanks to a substantial grant from the EDF Renewables Burnfoot Wind Farms Community Fund.

This was administered by Foundations Scotland, allowing members to purchase a defib which is now located on the outside of the clubhouse.

Morag Jamieson, club president, said: “This project has only been achieved with the help of Foundation Scotland’s grant, the British Heart Foundation and William Duncan Electricians of Tillicoultry who supplied and fitted the grant.

“We are delighted that we can now offer this service to the public.”

The golf club’s defib is registered on The Circuit, which is the national defibrillator network.

This provides the Ambulance Service with vital information about defibrillators across the UK, allowing them to be accessed straight away when needed.

Stuart Aitken, a member at Tillicoultry, added: “Having the defibrillator inside the clubhouse always felt like a limited benefit with only members able to access it.

“Now, it can be used by the public with just one quick phone call to get the security code – it will be a real bonus.”