Housebuilder donates defibrillators to local communities

Deryck Schendel (regional health and safety advisor for Taylor Wimpey) presents Kaitlyn Mitchell (trainee paramedic and volunteer with Bothwell & Uddingston Community First Responders) with a public access defibrillator (PAD)

TAYLOR Wimpey West Scotland has announced the donation of a public access defibrillator (PAD) to the Bothwell and Uddingston Community First Responder group.

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

Last year, the BHF was employed by Taylor Wimpey to train its employees in CPR skills and provide its building sites with a defibrillator. Taylor Wimpey is now donating the defibrillators to local communities when their developments are completed. With work complete at its Tannochside Gardens development, the communities of Tannochside, Uddingston and Bothwell are the latest to be gifted a PAD.

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 Uddingston.”

Lucy Martin, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, added, “We are delighted that Taylor Wimpey has contributed to the aims of the BHF by making a public access defibrillator available to the Bothwell and Uddingston 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.”