28/10/2018

Housebuilders donate life saving defibrillator to local community

Local residents group, Eden Park Community Association, has received a lifesaving mobile defibrillator thanks to a donation from local housebuilders, CALA Homes and Bloor Homes.

The housebuilders, which are currently building the second phase of two, three, four and five bedroom homes at Eden Park teamed up to provide the lifesaving equipment following a request by a resident to the Community Association who then raised this with the Site Managers. 

The closest defibrillator was previously located at Elliot’s Field Shopping Park, so with the population growing at Eden Park, residents desired to have one situated closer in the developing community. 

CALA Homes donated the defibrillator, while Bloor Homes has provided the heated storage unit for the life-saving equipment, which was officially received by the residents of Eden Park on Friday, August 24.

Based on European data, it is estimated that there is approximately 60,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occurring every year in the UK, with 80 per cent taking place in the home¹. The only definitive treatment for a victim of cardiac arrest is early CPR and defibrillation. This must be administered within three – five minutes following collapse to give the person the best chance of survival; making it imperative to have a defibrillator at the development. 

A resident in the community has volunteered to have the defibrillator located on the side of their property, and the Eden Park Community Association will select a group to attend a training course to learn how to use the device. 

Lian Everett, who was involved in driving the application for the donation, comments: “This is wonderful news for the community in Eden Park, which could potentially save lives. It was very much a committee effort, with members having worked hard to get a defibrillator installed. We are extremely grateful to CALA Homes and Bloor Homes for their donation.” 

Mark Wright, Managing Director for CALA Homes Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the community in this way, and, whilst I hope the defibrillator is never needed, it will be an invaluable piece of equipment to have in place for emergencies.

“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build and will continue to work closely with the local community to support local initiatives like this.” 

Paul Degg, Regional Managing Director of Bloor Homes Midlands, said: “We have engaged very closely with the Eden Park Community Association since it was formed earlier this year and we are proud to be working with them for the benefit of local residents.

“The group identified the need for a defibrillator on the development as a major priority, and we are delighted to have been able to assist them in securing this life-saving equipment.”