The award-winning house builder is working with British Heart Foundation (BHF) to help save lives in communities and has pledged to install defibrillators across all its new and upcoming sites in the West Midlands. A defib is now installed at its Avon View development on Evesham Road in Welford-on-Avon where training took place last week.
The ongoing partnership will help the BHF in the education of CPR and heart and circulatory diseases, as well as protecting the safety of Duchy Homes’ site workers and visitors during construction.
Once the Avon View development is complete, Duchy Homes will gift the defibrillator to the local community so that residents in Welford-on-Avon have access to the life-saving equipment for the future.
Around 670,000 people in the West Midlands are living with heart and circulatory disease, which causes 1,300 deaths each month in the region, stealing them away from families and loved ones. The defibrillators installed by Duchy Homes will help support what the BHF is trying to achieve. There are more than 3,700 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the West Midlands each year and currently only one in nine people survive. By having CPR training and defibrillators in our communities, we can help create a nation of lifesavers and change that.
Darren Howell, Group Construction Director for Duchy Homes, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the British Heart Foundation’s vital work against heart disease. Health and Safety lies at the heart of each of our developments and is integral to achieving quality on-site. As part of our commitment to health and safety, we have heavily invested resource and time into maintaining the highest standards for our site workers and our visitors. We are very proud to be creating a lasting legacy for Duchy Homes in Welford-on-Avon by donating the defibrillator to the community once our construction work is complete.”
Stephanie Jones, Fundraising Manager at the BHF, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Duchy Homes. Throughout the partnership, Duchy Homes is dedicated to leave defibrillators in as many sites as possible for communities to access, which will help save lives in so many new areas. Working together will help BHF realise its vision of a world where people don’t die prematurely or suffer from heart disease or circulatory diseases.”