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The Isle of Wight’s leading housebuilder is donating defibrillators to St John’s Ambulance – as the first aid charity continues to work on the frontline supporting people and communities through coronavirus.

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes will be donating 2 sets of its life-saving equipment from its developments: Hawthorn Meadows in Whippingham and St Georges Gate in Newport.

In a bid to help fight the disease, St John’s Ambulance has 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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Responding to the call for help, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes has committed to donating the defibrillators from all its sites nationwide – an estimated 400, worth more than £300,000. The equipment was collected locally from the Isle of Wight and sent straight to St John’s regional office in Gosport.

St John’s National Equipment Manager, Stephen Eversfield, said:

“This year we need to replace 450 of our defibrillators, which would have been a significant cost to St John, so this wonderful donation is a welcome contribution to our charity.

“We are currently facing extraordinary demands, and our resources are being stretched as we work with the NHS to fight this global pandemic. Thank you, Barratt Homes, for this timely gesture and support”

As part of its response to support the fight against coronavirus, parent company Barratt Developments has also donated £100,000 to the NHS Charities Together appeal. NHS Charities Together supports 250 NHS charities across the UK collectively, giving money every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. It also plays a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff and support mental health, community health and ambulance trusts.

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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.

Barratt Developments has long been committed to supporting and developing local communities and is doing all it can to join other businesses and organisations coming together to offer practical help during the current crisis.

Harlan Bevis, construction director of Barratt Southampton, 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 2 weeks ago in order to protect customers, employees and the public.

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