Doncaster golfers raise life-saving cash after double death tragedy

Brian Kaye, vice-captain of Thornhurst Park Golf Club in Owston receives a defibrillator machine from Maria Amos, fundraiser with the Yorkshire Ambulance Charity Fund. Also pictured is Warren Bostock, who was carrying out the defibrillator training
Brian Kaye, vice-captain of Thornhurst Park Golf Club in Owston receives a defibrillator machine from Maria Amos, fundraiser with the Yorkshire Ambulance Charity Fund. Also pictured is Warren Bostock, who was carrying out the defibrillator training
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Life-saving emergency equipment has been installed at a golf club after the deaths of two golfers who collapsed with chest pains while out on the course.

The double tragedy led members of Thornhurst Park Golf Club in Owston to raise money to buy an automated external defibrillator.

It is a portable device which can re-start the heart by delivering a controlled electric shock.

The first fatality happened about two years ago when a man aged in his 60s collapsed. The same thing happened about a year later when another man in his 60s died after complaining of chest pains.

Seniors’ team vice captain Brian Kaye, 68, said both men were popular at the club but added he did not want to reveal their identities as their families were still coming to terms with the tragedies.

The retired paramedic and father-of-two, of Adwick-le-Street, said: “We have a lot of senior golfers using the course, especially in the summer, and from experience it can be difficult to reach a person out on a golf course, that is why this life-saving piece of equipment is so important.

“The ambulance was called out on both occasions where the two gentlemen became seriously ill and they got here quickly. But this equipment means we can treat people even quicker if it ever happens again.”

Members raised £750 for the equipment. A representative from Yorkshire Ambulance Service delivered the device and showed members how to use it.