**Comfort for Worcestershire community thanks to Taylor Wimpey defibrillator donation**
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has helped provide peace of mind to residents of a new Worcestershire community by funding a defibrillator for use in medical emergencies. The life-saving equipment has been installed close to the Pennywell Walk and Pennywell Rise developments in Ryall, and is publicly accessible. The hope is that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest nearby, the defibrillator can be used to help try to save their life.
Taylor Wimpey made the £500 donation to the Holly Green and Ryall Defibrillator Fund, a campaign led by Ripple Parish Council and supported by residents in the new homes at Pennywell Walk and Pennywell Rise, as well as the wider Ryall village.
Parish Councillor Barbara Wilson said: “On behalf of our community I’d like to say thank you very much to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation. The response to our campaign has been amazing and really shows how much the community wants this equipment.
“The funds were put towards a defibrillator cabinet which has been installed on the outside of the Blue Bell Inn, which is the nearest publicly accessible building to Pennywell Walk and Pennywell Rise. Our aim is to eventually have two defibrillators and have residents fully trained in how to operate them to provide people with a chance of life.
“Heart issues can happen at any age and any time so it will be a comfort for the community to ensure that we can act quickly if someone does go into cardiac arrest.”
Defibrillators automatically diagnose a person’s heart rhythm and determine if a shock is needed. They are designed to be used by anyone, but training will be provided to residents on the development so they know what to do if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
Taylor Wimpey’s £500 donation was matched by the Herefordshire-based Four Acre Trust, which is helping the Hereford and Worcestershire Community First Responders and West Midlands Ambulance Service install public access defibrillators across the region.
Steve Madeley, a former Community First Responder who now works to raise awareness of and funding for defibrillators, said: “Right now the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is below 10%, but this can increase greatly with immediate CPR and rapid defibrillation.
“On many occasions, rapid life-saving treatment by the general public has kept victims of sudden cardiac arrest alive prior to the arrival of an ambulance, thanks to a defibrillator being available – by placing this in a village we can increase the likelihood of survival.”
Elaine Cartwright, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Midlands, added: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes and installing defibrillators in the local area will be a tremendous benefit to all local residents. We’re honoured to lend our support to such an important cause – and we wish the community all the best with their upcoming fundraising efforts.”
A mix of two to five-bedroom homes are on sale at Pennywell Walk and Pennywell Rise, starting at £181,997. Incentives such as Help to Buy and Part Exchange are also available to make the purchase process as simple and affordable as possible.
The Sales Centre, off Ryall Road, Ryall, Worcestershire, WR8 0PG, is open Thursday to Monday from 11am to 5pm. To speak directly to the Sales Executive call 01684 212480. Further information about Taylor Wimpey developments across the region are available by calling 0121 703 3400 or visiting www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.
** World Book Day**
YOUNG READERS IN WORCESTER START A NEW CHAPTER THANKS TO TAYLOR WIMPEY DONATION!
Children at Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books, following a generous donation by Taylor Wimpey.
The leading local housebuilder, which is building new homes at its Pennywell Walk development in Ryall, has given £100 to the school to fund new books for the school library.
It’s all part of World Book Day, a national event which aims to encourage children to enjoy reading, and which this year celebrates its 20th birthday.
Julie Wills, Headteacher at Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this kind donation.
We are delighted to be able to add to the choice of books on offer in our library for the children to read and it’s also really inspiring for them to see how much a business like Taylor Wimpey values reading.
We will be selecting a range of books for all our children's age ranges from Pre-School through to Year 6 and look forward to seeing them enjoy their new reading material."
The 20th annual World Book Day took place on Thursday 2nd March to celebrate authors, illustrators and books, and to get more children reading.
Elaine Cartwright, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “Reading is such an important skill, as well as being great fun, so we are delighted to be making this donation to support Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School.
It’s a great example of the way we are committed to supporting schools and other local organisations within the communities in which we build our new homes. We hope the children really enjoy these new books!”
For more information on the Pennywell Walk development in Ryall, located near the Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School, you can call our friendly sales executives on 01684 212 480.