Life-saving defibrillator donated to Vale village

Villagers in Penllyn were thrilled to install a new defibrillator outside the village hall recently, ready for use in an emergency.

The life-saving equipment which is accessible by the public, we have jointly funded with our contractor, Ashgrove Partnerships as part of our community benefits programme connected to our latest housing development at Pentre Meyrick.

The scheme which has been built in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and funded by Welsh Government, will provide 13 two and three-bedroom new homes for local people.

The defibrillator has been supplied by the Welsh Hearts charity, who will also be running a training session for the villagers to learn how to use the equipment and to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Rachael Hopkins, Development Surveyor, said: “We’re proud to support local communities in the areas where we build. This vital piece of life-saving equipment will not only benefit Penllyn and Pentre Meyrick but also the surrounding villages.

“We have invested over £20m and provided over 200 homes in the Vale over the past five years, with further plans for new affordable homes.”

Nick Barrett, Operations Manager at Ashgrove, which is part of Edenstone Group, said: “The defibrillator has been proven to save lives as it is estimated that there is approximately 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests that occur every year in the UK.

“If Ashgrove Partnerships and Hafod have helped contribute to saving one of those lives we have truly added to the community. We are privileged to work with the residents of Penllyn.”

To register for housing in the Vale please contact the Vale Council’s Homes4U scheme. Please call 01446 709840 to find out more or you can register online at valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/homes4u.