Housebuilder Persimmon boost fundraising for defibrillator

Residents and colleagues at our Golau Caredig extra care scheme on Gladstone Road in Barry, which provides independent living for people aged over 55, have been raising money to buy a defibrillator.

Through various donations and fundraising events, including their summer party, they’ve raised over £1,600 from the kind generosity of residents, colleagues, friends and family. Further donations have also been received from Welsh Water, Barry Round Table and Cymru Hearts.

But thanks to Persimmon Homes East Wales, the fundraisers have been boosted by a £1,000 donation through the builder’s Community Champions scheme, which means they now have enough to purchase and install the life-saving device which will be accessible 24/7 to the whole community.

Defibrillators are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. They can also restore the heart’s beating if the heart suddenly stops.

Each and every month Persimmon donates up to £64,000 to good causes across the UK.

Sadie Cox, Financial Administrator at Golau Caredig, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this generous donation from Persimmon Homes. It’s a huge boost to the fundraising activities colleagues and residents have organised. We hope that the defib will never be used, but it might just save a life.”

Victoria Williams, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the residents of Golau Caredig.

“Defibrillators are proven to save lives, so the more we have readily available the better.

“This is another example of Persimmon helping the communities in which we are building.”

Find out more about Golau Caredig Extra Care.