David Ford, health and safety director, and Sandra Grant, buyer at Redrow Homes, applied for the funding from Welsh Hearts following the recent death of a Redrow site manager from a heart attack.
Welsh Hearts is a Cardiff-based charity, which works nationwide towards the prevention and management of heart disease in Wales, including funding the provision of defibrillators and emergency lifesaving equipment throughout the country.
As part of the installation of the defibrillator, Welsh Hearts will also be providing training for Redrow staff on using the unit, with help from the North Wales Ambulance Service who will be visiting the company’s head office, at St David’s Park, Ewloe, this month.
Redrow’s headquarters is the first of the company’s premises to have a defibrillator installed, but David Ford hopes to introduce units to every divisional base by next summer, and to all the company’s developments in the longer term.
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders. As well as the company’s headquarters in Flintshire, which houses its Group operations and NW division, Redrow has nine other divisional head offices across England and Wales.
David Ford, health and safety director at Redrow Homes said: “We’re very grateful to Welsh Hearts for helping us secure the funding needed to install our first defibrillator at our head office. Many of us were shocked by the recent death of a colleague from a heart attack and it has become clear to us at Redrow that having access to lifesaving equipment such as this in the workplace is extremely important.
“A recent survey by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has indicated that a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival from a heart attack by 75% yet more than 50% of organisations still don’t have lifesaving equipment in the office.
“This is simply a starting point for us. I hope in the future there will be a defibrillator installed on every one of Redrow’s operational sites. We look forward to working with, and helping to fundraise for Welsh Hearts charity further in the future.”
Sharon Owen, charity director for Welsh Hearts said: “We’re extremely glad that companies such as Redrow are taking such an active approach towards lessening the risk of having a heart attack in the work place. It is very important that companies recognise the role they can play in helping to prevent heart disease in Wales.
“We are delighted to be able to provide Redrow Homes with a defibrillator that will benefit their staff and visitors to the area. We hope the defibrillator never has to be used, but if it does many lives could be saved as a consequence.
“We’d also like to thank Redrow for the kind donation to the Welsh Hearts Charity and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future.”
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established almost 40 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.