A fundraiser is the first person to walk across the UK hitting golf balls and making more than a quarter of a million strokes.
David Sullivan, 58, hiked from John O’Groats to Land’s End for ten weeks to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and a charity he founded, Creating Lifesavers, which trains people in CPR.
From the northernmost point of Great Britain, the roofer owner covered between 11 and 50 kilometers a day on June 11 with his two golf clubs.
In addition, Mr. Sullivan has taught CPR to more than 30,000 people.
The journey, which he estimates to be at least 1,100 miles due to numerous detours, ended on August 22nd at the tip of the Cornish Peninsula.
He spent most of the nights in a pop-up tent, occasionally indulging in a B&B.
Mr. Sullivan from Oxted, Surrey has so far Crowdfunded £ 9,700 for its selected charities.
“It was such a trip,” he said.
“I am so happy that I have met nice and generous people and had some life changing experiences with them. We’re lucky to have people like that in the UK.
“I lost 942 golf balls but showed CPR to over 30,000 people.”
Mr. Sullivan’s mission to teach CPR began seven years ago when his golf buddy Sean Moor died of a heart attack on the course at the age of 42.
He had to put his skills into practice in 2018 when a young man collapsed in front of him and successfully performed CPR for 17 minutes while waiting for a defibrillator.
He came up with the Golf Challenge last November after finding a lump behind his ear that was found to be benign.
Highlights of his trip included receiving a giant salmon as a gift to a fisherman in Northern Scotland, taking a horseback riding tour to local Roman sites in Yorkshire, and becoming the first person to play golf on a submarine while at Chatham Dockyard in Kent.
Mr Sullivan took ten weeks off and sold his Rolex Sea-Dweller watch for £ 12,000 to pay for the mission.
On the way he stopped outside cafes and bars, took out pacifiers and defibrillators to teach lifesaving lessons.
He also spoke to local authorities about installing defibrillators.
“I feel so passionate about this mission,” he said.
“It’s about providing defibrillators that anyone can access and use safely, and teaching CPR so that people can save lives without fear.
“When we teach every person in every format, nationality, and gender, then we have an army of people who can be anywhere with the power to save someone’s life.
“I want to make golf a heart-safe sport where all members are trained in CPR and use a defibrillator.
“Then all these people would be there for the whole community.”
Mr. Sullivan was sponsored by Gary Favell, the CEO of American Golf.
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