Community purchases fifth defibrillator thanks to donation
We were delighted to lend our support to a local project aimed at saving lives in Norton Canes.
Paul Dadge (left) one of the Burntwood and Cannock First Responders, with Lynne Siddons (middle) Taylor Wimpey Sales Executive, and Linda Florence (right) of the Norton Canes Parish Council with the Community Defibrillator at the Yew Tree Pub.
Norton Canes Parish Council, which has already installed four Public Access Defibrillators across the village, is now purchasing a fifth device which is being put up outside the Yew Tree pub, thanks to our generous donation.
Public Access Defibrillators can be used by members of the public to treat someone who has had a heart attack. They deliver an electrical current through the chest to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.
The campaign to install defibrillators in Norton Canes was initially proposed by paramedic and former village resident Paul Dadge.
Parish councillor Zaphne Stretton, who has been involved with the project since the start, says: “When we first launched the scheme it seemed like an impossible feat to raise enough money for one defibrillator, let alone five, but we have had tremendous support from Paul, the British Heart Foundation, members of the public and now Taylor Wimpey.”
On the advice of the ambulance service, the defibrillators have been installed in various locations across the parish: at the community centre, the chapel, the Railway Tavern pub, the One-Stop Shop in Norton East and now the Yew Tree.
They are located outside, in cabinets funded by the parish council, the British Heart Foundation and other local fund raising groups, to ensure they are accessible to all members of the public 24 hours a day.
Councillor Stretton adds: “We have certain people in the community who have had training in using the defibrillators, and we are going to request some more training for anyone who may have missed out, but they are designed with clear instructions so they can be used by anyone.
“The support we have had for this venture has been absolutely wonderful – I think everyone knows of someone who has had a heart attack, so it’s a cause which touches us all to some degree.
“My father died of a heart attack when he was quite young, but nowadays they can do so much more for people. We know now that time is critical in helping to save lives – which is why we have tried to cover each of the different areas of the village so there is a defibrillator just a few minutes away, wherever you are.”
Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Norton Canes Parish Council with this incredibly worthwhile project to install Public Access Defibrillators across the village.
“As a local housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, and this is an excellent example of how we can help.”
Burntwood RFC scores sponsorship
We joined forces with the team at Taylor Wimpey West Midlands to sponsor Burntwood Rugby Club for their upcoming season.
Together, we have donated £1,000 to the club to predominantly support the Colts team, and the money will fund training for volunteers and help the club continue supporting young adults in the local area by aiding their leadership and teamwork skills and providing them a place to socialise safely, as well as the chance to enhance their rugby abilities.
To recognise the sponsorship deal, the club’s second team will also be sporting the Taylor Wimpey logo on their playing shirts.
Gareth Williams, second team captain, says: “We’d all like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for such a generous donation, which has really increased morale at the club and will help us to achieve so much more.
“It’s really important to all of us that we are able to provide an outlet for young people in Burntwood and the surrounding areas, so that they can develop their skills and take part in something constructive, as well as socialise and make friends.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of Taylor Wimpey to achieve that, and our second team are extremely proud to be wearing their logo on their playing kits.”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “We’re delighted to be working together with Taylor Wimpey West Midlands to support Burntwood Rugby Club and help local organisations to achieve their goals.”
Elaine Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Midlands, adds: “We feel it’s very important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, and helping the rugby club to provide a service to young people in the area and develop their skills is really beneficial.”
The children of Norton Canes Primary Academy with Phil Hooper (L) and Andy Shaw (R)
Youngsters in Norton Canes learn about staying safe
Pupils from Norton Canes Primary Academy in Staffordshire have learned a valuable lesson about staying safe thanks to a special visit organised by us!
We have been working with the school to promote the importance of health and safety and on Tuesday 2nd February, Year 1 pupils aged five and six enjoyed an assembly which featured talks by Phil Hooper, Associate Production Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, and Andy Shaw, Production Manager.
The children also watched a short video which explained the many different dangers that are posed by construction sites, from falling ladders or scaffolding, bricks and pipes to broken glass or sharp metal hidden in sand.
Rebecca Preston, Year 1 teacher at Norton Canes Primary Academy, says: “Phil and Andy did a great job of engaging with the children, especially during the question and answer section at the end of their visit, which the pupils really enjoyed.
“A lot of the children are familiar with the nearby Chasewater Grange development, so it was good for them to learn about the dangers associated with a construction site.”
To help further develop their understanding, the youngsters in Year 1 have been asked to design health and safety posters for a competition which will be judged by Andy.
Rebecca adds: “The pupils learnt about buildings last term and this visit from Taylor Wimpey has hopefully refreshed their memories. We’re looking forward to seeing Andy again in a few weeks when he comes back to pick a winner for our poster competition!”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “Youngsters are naturally curious about the things going on around them and building sites can seem like both intriguing and exciting places – so it is vital to explain that in reality they are places which are full of serious dangers.
“We hope the children enjoyed the visit from Phil and Andy and that it will help them to stay safe in the future.”