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Housebuilder donates 11 defibrillators to fight coronavirus across Bucks and beyond

Barratt Developments have taken the defibs from their construction sites and given them to St John Ambulance

Published by Chris Maskery at 3:00pm 9th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Housebuilder donates 11 defibrillators to fight coronavirus across Bucks and beyond

The developer behind large parts of Kingsbrook is donating its defibrillators in the fight against coronavirus.

11 defibrillators from Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames' developments have been given to St John Ambulance. 

They're normally used on construction sites like the ones they have in Kingsbrook in Aylesbury or St Rumbold's Fields in Buckingham.

In total the company is donating 400 defibrillators from its sites across the UK to help in the fight against coronavirus. 

St John Ambulance started a nationwide appeal - called Take the Strain - to source desperately needed equipment to help it in the vital role it is playing, including 1,000 defibrillators.

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One of the houses built by Barratt Homes

Responding to the call for help, the country's biggest housebuilder has committed to donating the defibrillators from all its sites - an estimated 400 worth more than £300,000. Teams from Barratt are urgently gathering up the defibrillators from their sites across the country so they can get them to where they are needed in the next few days.

Barratt Developments has also donated £100,000 to the NHS Charities Together appeal which supports 250 NHS charities across the UK collectively,

These moves follow an earlier initiative last week from the housebuilder to donate personal protective items, including thousands of high quality FFP3 face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser, to local NHS hospitals and social care services across the country.

Defibrillators at Barratt Northampton Office
Defibrillators at Barratt's Northampton Office

Barratt Developments is doing all it can to join other businesses and organisations coming together to offer practical help during the current crisis. 

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said:

"We are pleased to be able to donate this equipment where it is urgently needed - to help St John Ambulance, who are on the frontline, supporting the NHS and helping to save lives.

"We are seeing an amazing collective effort by businesses, communities and individuals in the fight against coronavirus and we want to play our part in that."

Barratt Developments took the decision to temporarily close all of its offices and construction sites recently in order to protect customers, employees and the public. 


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