Harmony Youth Project in Bolton, a charity that specialises in helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfill their potential, has received a new defibrillator worth £900.
The Bolton News revealed that Harmony Youth Project was given the equipment as a result of a collaboration between Taylor Wimpey Manchester and national charity Hand on Heart.
Project manager at the organisation Charlie Barrett said they were delighted to receive the donation. He added: “The Bolton community knows only too well how imperative a defibrillator can prove in saving somebody’s life, so we can’t thank the team from Taylor Wimpey enough for the funding.”
Taylor Wimpey Manchester has a development just a short distance from the Harmony Youth Project and the company’s sales and marketing director Chloe Dunn described the work the charity does as “inspiring”.
Hand on Heart also thanked the construction firm for its support. Since January 2011, the charity has installed over 800 defibrillators in schools across the UK.
It has also provided defibrillator training to over 5,000 members of staff, as well as run courses to teach children how to perform basic life support.
Last month, Corby became the first town in the country to have a defibrillator fitted in every primary school. Darren Lafferty, who lost his son in 2014 after he collapsed at school due to a known heart condition, was responsible for fundraising and campaigning to install this equipment at every local school.
According to Hand on Heart, 12 young people die every week from sudden cardiac arrest.