Golf day raises £500 for lifesavers

Beryl Summerfield, Nigel Price, Nigel Morris and John Rushworth at the BASICS Hampshire golf fundraiser.

Beryl Summerfield, Nigel Price, Nigel Morris and John Rushworth at the BASICS Hampshire golf fundraiser.

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A MAN who owes his wife’s life to volunteer doctors raised more than £500 for them at a charity golf match.

Nigel Price, 51, organised the match, a picnic and two live bands as a thank-you to BASICS Hampshire, which supplies doctors in emergency situations when needed.

Without BASICS doctor Paul Rees, Kim Price, 48, may not have survived.

She had fallen from a ladder last year, banging her head on a concrete floor and suffering a haemorrhage and her brain was already swelling dangerously by the time Dr Rees arrived.

Without his swift intervention, putting her in a medically-induced coma to shut down the brain, the incident could have proved tragic.

Mrs Price had been helping her husband fix the conservatory roof at their Ellingham home in March in time for their silver wedding in June when the incident happened.

Frighteningly, when she was first helped up she seemed coherent, but then started to get agitated, repeating herself over and over and seeming more and more confused as her brain swelled.

A little over a year on, Somerley Park Golf Club member Mr Price called on fellow golfers to help raise funds and awareness for the charity, whose doctors are highly trained in critical care, to the extent of being able to perform emergency operations in the home or at the roadside.

The couple have already raised more than £300 for the charity by asking their anniversary party guests to donate rather than give presents.

BASICS Hampshire spokesman Jay Andrews said the charity was really encouraged by the donation: “Somerley Park Golf Club has done us proud – and Kim and her family have been brilliant at spreading the word about us – crucial when you’re such a small charity.”

Because BASICS Hampshire doctors receive no funding, they can only respond to about a third of their call-outs, as they can only attend an accident when they are off duty.

To donate to BASICS, post cheques to Nick Maskery, BASICS Hampshire treasurer, Emergency Department, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD or go to justgiving.com/basicshampshire .

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