We donate life saving defibrillator in Dumbarton

Date: Thursday 07 January 2021


Our West Scotland team has donated a public access defibrillator to the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Community First Responders part of the Helensburgh and Lomond group to benefit the community in the local area. 

As part of a joint initiative with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the home builder is donating potentially life-saving defibrillators to communities around the UK to help people who suffer from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. 

As part of its commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which it builds, we are donating the defibrillators to local communities when their developments are completed. Now that work has finished at The Fairways development the local community Dumbarton are the latest to be gifted a defibrillator. 

Deryck Schendel, Regional Health and Safety Advisor for Taylor Wimpey in Scotland, said: “It’s so important to us that we give something back to the communities in which we’re building. Our partnership with the BHF is vitally important in helping to ensure that more defibrillators are available for people who might need them, and we are proud to be able to make this equipment readily accessible in Dumbarton.”    

Lucy Martin, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation said: “We are delighted that Taylor Wimpey has contributed to the aims of the BHF by making a public access defibrillator available to the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Community First Responders.  

“A cardiac arrest is the most serious medical emergency. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces a person’s chance of surviving by around 10 per cent, but calling 999, starting immediate hands-only CPR and using a defibrillator can significantly increase their chances of survival. 

“During the pandemic it is essential that these steps are still taken to help save someone’s life and there are some simple measures you can take to keep yourself safe so please don’t hesitate to help someone in need.”     

Stewart Harris, a volunteer First Responder with Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Community First Responders said: “We can’t thank Taylor Wimpey enough for this defibrillator.  While we hope that we don’t have to use it very often, it’s fantastic to know that we can access a defibrillator in the event of an emergency and hopefully help to save someone’s life.”