thursday 4th july 2023

We donate life saving defibrillator in Olney

Our South Midlands team has donated a portable defibrillator to Olney Rugby Football Club, which will benefit members of the club as well as those living locally.

defibrillator donation

Supporting our communities

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

During 2019, the BHF worked with us to train our employees in CPR skills and to provide every one of our building sites in the UK with a defibrillator. As part of our commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in the areas in which we build, we're donating the defibrillators to local communities when our developments are completed. 

Yardley Manor

Now with only one home remaining at our Yardley Manor development, members of Olney Rugby Football Club and residents of Olney are the latest to receive a portable defibrillator. 

We have also committed to ensuring all of our defibrillators are registered on The Circuit, the national defibrillator network, which is a joint venture with the British Heart Foundation, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Resuscitation Council UK and St John Ambulance. Data from The Circuit is shared with 999 call handlers so dispatchers can direct bystanders straight to the nearest defibrillator. This increases the chances of defibrillators being used quickly and significantly improves the chances of a successful resuscitation. 

Fiona Lloyd, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, 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 donate this life-saving kit to Olney Rugby Football Club.”    

Estelle Stephenson, Head of Health Partnerships and Community Resuscitation at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest, and we know that prompt CPR and defibrillation can double the chances of survival in some cases. Increasing the number of publicly accessible defibrillators in our communities – alongside more of us learning CPR skills – can play a vital role in these critical moments. That is why we are delighted that Taylor Wimpey has contributed to the aims of the BHF by making a defibrillator available in Olney as part of their wider local campaign.  It could help save a life.” 

David Smith, Chairman for Olney Rugby Football Club, said: “We can’t thank Taylor Wimpey and the BHF 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.”

A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone suffers from a cardiac arrest and has stopped breathing. No specific training is needed and the device will only deliver a shock to the heart if necessary. When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR the chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.