A man who taught lifesaving resuscitation to residents of Perth and Kinross during his 12 week longest golf hole charity challenge has completed his amazing journey.
David Sullivan, 58, who set out from John O’Groats in June, walked 1,100 miles – and made an estimated quarter of a million golf shots – before reaching his final destination at Land’s End on August 22nd.
The former armed forces officer not only lost an estimated 920 golf balls, but also trained around 30,000 people in life-saving CPR skills.
From Surrey, David launched The World’s Longest Golf Hole Challenge in the hope of raising £ 60,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
His ski and mountain craft trainer’s trip took him to cities and villages in the region from June 21st to 25th as he ventured south.
David’s passion for teaching people CPR began when a young man suffered cardiac arrest right before his eyes on a golf course in 2016.
He gave CPR for 17 minutes before the man could be defibrillated.
David took on this extraordinary job of walking between 22 and 30 miles each day and camping overnight to raise awareness of the importance of CPR skills and fundraising that it does would allow more cities and villages across the country to install life-saving defibrillators.
“Thanks to my training and a defibrillator nearby, I was able to help save the man who fortunately made a full recovery,” said David.
“When something like this happens right in front of your eyes, you realize how precious life is and how important it is to know what to do in such an emergency.
“It was an experience that moved me deeply, and now my mission is to build an army of lifeguards across the country.”
If David manages to raise £ 60,000 it could mean 60 locations in the UK could be defibrillated, but at just over £ 9,000 he hopes fulfilling his challenge will attract more people to donate.
“I appeal to individuals and companies across the country to support this endeavor,” he added.
“Until you or someone you know experiences cardiac arrest, it’s impossible to truly understand how critical defibrillators are.
“Treatment with a defibrillator can literally mean the difference between life and death.
“We saw that recently when Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch. It can happen to anyone of any age.
“Treatment with a defibrillator increases a person’s chances of survival by up to 70 percent.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-sullivan-77