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Local Community installs defib at Engine Common

Newland Homes has funded a state-of-the-art defibrillator which has been installed at the Codrington Arms pub in North Road, Engine Common.

Right now, fewer than 1 in 10 people will survive a cardiac arrest in the UK.  At Engine Common near Yate, the local community is coming together to save lives.

With early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) plus defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse, survival rates can increase by as much as 75%*.  Thanks to Newland Homes, residents of Yate will have that best chance on their worst day.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Ellie Masters, Supporter Engagement Officer from Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), commented: “GWAAC’s Critical Care Doctors and Advanced Paramedics can deliver hospital emergency department-level care at the roadside. If victims of cardiac arrest do not receive early defibrillation and CPR there’s little our extraordinary team can do.  By funding this publicly accessible device, Newland Homes isn’t just creating a local community; the company is creating safer communities for everyone.”

Iron Acton Parish Council coordinated the installation of the new defibrillator.  Jenna Hale, Landlady of the Codrington Arms, kindly allowed the new equipment to be installed in such a central location.  All assistance helps to improve outcomes for the local community and see fewer avoidable deaths.

Denise Smith, Deputy Chair of Iron Acton Parish Council, commented: “On behalf of IAPC and its parishioners I would like to say thank you for the new defibrillator. It has been great to see an idea that came from one of our parishioners being realised by this collaboration.  As a former nurse I understand all too well how critical it is to have access to emergency equipment quickly.  This defibrillator is an important asset for the local community which we are very pleased to have.”

Never hesitate to use a defibrilator

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity wants anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest to receive immediate CPR and defibrillation. The charity wants to assist more people like Forrest Wheeler.  He collapsed in Pittville Park in Cheltenham in April 2017.   Thanks to early CPR by bystanders, early defibrillation was given from a passing fire engine.  GWAAC’s Critical Care Team put Forrest in an induced coma, and he is still here and has these pearls of wisdom to share…

“If anyone takes anything away from my story, it’s not to have any hesitation about using a defibrillator.  My message is, just use it.  The machine tells you what to do, it’s so easy and it’s better to give it a go than not try at all.  Approximately 83 other people in the UK suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrests on that day in April.  Seven of us survived to tell the tale.”

Newland Homes helped to fund a new defibrillator in Pittville Park in Cheltenham last year.  Tom Sheppard is the company’s Planning Director: “It’s important to us that we invest in the communities surrounding our developments.  The defibrillators we’ve provided could save lives, but we of course hope that they don’t have to be used.”

New homes in Engine Common

Newland Homes has recently received planning permission for 84 new Zero Carbon homes at Engine Common, accessed off of North Road, close to the Codrington Arms.  Sales of the new homes are expected to launch later in 2023. Click for more info.

If you want to fundraise or purchase a defibrillator for your community, please get in touch with the GWAAC team by emailing or visiting

*Source: The National Library of Medicine

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