Scottish Golfer 'Putts' Scholars Gate on the leader board in St Andrews

25 June 2014

Scottish Golfer 'Putts' Scholars Gate on the leader board in St Andrews

Last week, Scottish professional golfing legend and supporter of Arrhythmia Alliance, Bernard Gallacher OBE, officially opened McCarthy & Stone’s retirement development Scholars Gate in St Andrews by putting a ‘hole-in-one’ in the grounds of the development watched by homeowners and guests.  

At the event, members of the McCarthy & Stone team also took the opportunity to show their support for the ‘Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign’ by donating £5,000 to the Arrhythmia Alliance – a charity that aims to ensure there is at least one public-access defibrillator at every golf club in the UK and Ireland.

This campaign is one that Bernard felt compelled to start following the vital and life-saving treatment that he received from an AED (automated external defibrillator) following a sudden cardiac arrest in Aberdeen in August 2013.

Steve Wiseman, regional managing director for McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, said: “Everything we do is built around a belief that later life can be rich, rewarding and fulfilling, which is why we are delighted to have been able to welcome Bernard Gallacher to see for himself just how much our homeowners are enjoying their retirement years in style at our Scholars Gate development.  

“We were also delighted to offer significant support for Bernard’s campaign for public-access defibrillators at golf clubs across the country, and we know that our donation will be wisely spent in making those provisions in a number of clubs locally.”

Former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher, adds: “St Andrews is one of my favourite places so I’m delighted to be here.  It’s the perfect retirement town, and I’ve had a look round the development which I’m really impressed with. 

“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to McCarthy & Stone for the most generous donation towards our Campaign.  It will help towards some of the projects that we are keen to develop.

“The world is going a bit ‘defib’ mad at the moment so we are happy to be able to maximise that whilst continuing to get the message out to a wide audience about how vital access to this equipment is.”

Situated on Abbey Park Avenue, just a short distance from St Andrew’s town centre and its shops and amenities, Scholars Gate comprises of 44 one and two bedroom Later Living apartments with prices starting from £219,950 for a one bedroom apartment and from £316,950 for a two bedroom apartment. 

To find out more about Retirement Living in St Andrews contact McCarthy & Stone now on 01334 476 944, or visit the show complex which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am-5.00pm.  



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Bernard Gallacher & Arrhythmia Alliance

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