It won’t be long now before we tee off for the annual EPC-UK Golf Day, which this year is set to take place on Thursday 8th September 2022. The occasion, which takes place at the Macdonald Portal Golf and Spa Hotel, has become a special event that is close to our hearts, as each year the money it generates enables us to fulfil our charitable passion of raising funds to purchase defibrillator equipment and operator training sessions for schools and young peoples’ sporting groups.
Prioritising everyone’s wellbeing whilst highlighting our lifesaving cause, we brought a defibrillator to the EPC-UK stand at this year’s Hillhead exhibition, showing visitors that when it comes to safety, we go above and beyond in preparing for unexpected and often challenging situations.
Our efforts to raise funds for defibrillators began in 2015 and since then, through a series of charitable activities, our team has been able to secure the purchase, installation and associated user training for 23 machines that have been donated to schools and youngsters’ sports clubs nationwide.
The annual Golf Day, held each September is the main source of our charity’s funding success, creating a setting for EPC-UK’s employees, customers and partners to come together and enjoy a day of high-spirited golfing camaraderie, combined with fundraising philanthropy.
The countdown begins
Now just a couple of months away, we are hoping that more associates will be able to join us at the 2022 event than ever before, an occasion that time and again proves to be a highlight of the EPC-UK calendar year as well as a noble cause, as our Managing Director, Ben Williams explains: “According to a statement from the Resuscitation Council, 200 people suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every day in the UK. This is a tragedy that, unfortunately, youngsters are not immune from. Annually, 270 children lose their lives at school as a result of a SCA, which is why we believe that defibrillators are needed in all schools, together with staff who have been trained to use them. Our SPIRIT values of Safety, Passion, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork have continued to fuel a drive at EPC-UK to reduce the devastating numbers of SCA fatalities in the young and make access to lifesaving defibrillator equipment in schools and youth sports facilities a national norm.”
Making a difference
“I know from first-hand experience how readily a SCA emergency can occur in a public space. Having previously had defibrillator training, I was able to help a stranger in need a few years ago and have subsequently supported EPC-UK employees in undertaking the same, life-saving instruction. By bringing a defibrillator to the Hillhead stand, we were able to demonstrate our commitment to the cause, through an exhibition team trained to use the equipment. With the emergency services on hand, it is our hope that an EPC-UK defibrillator would never be required at Hillhead, however as an organisation that consistently places safety as paramount, we strive to create safer environments whenever we can. We value our partners’ help to achieve EPC-UK’s wider, national defibrillation installation goal, with our sporting golf event presenting an ideal route to raising those valuable funds. Now in its eighth year, the Golf Day has become an industry tournament worth talking about and we hope that this September’s event will be more successful than ever in terms of fundraising capabilities and companionable networking opportunities.”
Course of the day
As always, our fun 18-hole round of championship golf, “nearest-the-pin” and “longest drive” competitions will be followed by a networking dinner and a prize-giving ceremony and raffle event. Play will be both sporting and safe, with the hotel and EPC-UK event organisers committed to ensuring all current social distancing and safety measures are met.
Donated raffle prizes are warmly welcomed, as in previous years we’ve helped the fundraising total soar thanks to our customers’ generous contributions, with sponsorship opportunities available from £100.
The Golf Day includes
• 18 holes of championship golf
• Bacon rolls and coffee
• 3 course evening meal
We play the tournament in teams of four, with players of all abilities and levels welcome and we’ll help individuals or smaller groups to team up with other participants to balance the numbers.
The day starts with coffee and bacon rolls before play commences. There will be both team and individual prizes and then a much-deserved chance to relax over a three-course dinner and our presentation evening.
Play and stay
Players are very welcome to stay the night after the evening meal. If you would like a room reservation at the hotel, please let us know and we’ll make the arrangements on your behalf, however we’d ask that you settle your own bill at the end of the stay.
To tee off in time and help us to continue making a valuable charitable difference, book your individual or team place by emailing Julie.Wootton@epc-groupe.co.uk You can also get in touch with Julie to nominate a local school or youngsters’ sports facility to receive a defibrillator and staff training. Send her an email or alternatively, fill in the form below: