**Taylor Wimpey gets children at Upton-upon-Severn Primary School reading with donation for new books**
Taylor Wimpey West Midlands donates £50 in book vouchers to Upton-upon-Severn C of E Primary School
Taylor Wimpey West Midlands has donated £50 in book vouchers to Upton-upon-Severn C of E Primary School in Worcester to celebrate World Book Day which took place on Thursday 1st March. World Book Day aims to encourage more children to love reading and Taylor Wimpey’s donation will go towards providing children in Upton-upon-Severn C of E Primary School with £50 of new books to enjoy.
Julie Wills, Headteacher at Upton-upon-Severn C of E Primary School, which is located near to Taylor Wimpey’s Pennywell Walk and Pennywell Rise development commented: “I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey on behalf of everyone at our school. We really appreciate their donation, which will go a long way towards new reading material. Books are a great way to fire up children’s imaginations and to teach them about the world around them, so we are delighted that we are able to add some new titles to our school library.”
**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.