Davidsons Homes helps secure lifesaving defibrillator

Davidsons Homes has lent a helping hand to West Haddon Parish Council by securing the village’s first defibrillator.

The Leicestershire based housebuilder contributed £750 towards the defibrillator, which is to be placed on the West Haddon Post Office.

The remaining £1,100 was covered by the parish council after a suggestion was put forward on the council’s Facebook page.

The potentially lifesaving defibrillator will cover a 400m radius and West Haddon Parish Council may also install a second should the money become available.

Joe Vaughan, Leader of West Haddon Parish Council, said: “Communities up and down the UK have been installing these lifesaving defibrillators and the council is very grateful to Davidsons Homes for its contribution.

“The defibrillator is in a prominent spot on the high street, giving residents easy access in the case of an emergency.

“Residents will have to ring the East Midlands ambulance service to release a code which unlocks the defibrillator and then the ambulance service will guide people on how to use it.

“Volunteers have already trained over 30 people using the defibrillators and the council is very keen to run more training sessions.”

According to the British Heart Foundation there are approximately 30,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests per year in the UK.

If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from six per cent to 74 per cent.

Stephanie King, Sales and Marketing Director for Davidsons Homes, said: “We are proud to have helped the council secure this lifesaving equipment for West Haddon.

“A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and although we hope the defibrillator is rarely used, it is reassuring for villagers to know that it’s there in case of an emergency.”

Davidsons Homes is building a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom new homes at Hallowell Fields, off Guilsborough Road.