THE village of Saighton, on the outskirts of Chester, now has its own life-saving defibrillator after housebuilder Redrow donated one from its completed site nearby.

Taken from Redrow’s completed Regent’s Grange development, the defibrillator has been installed outside the Co-op in Saighton and will be accessible for the whole community 24 hours a day.

Anna Evans-Kerr, head of sales at Redrow NW, said: “We have defibrillators on all of our live outlets and, sometimes, when developments are coming to a close, they are no longer needed.

“With Regent’s Grange ending, we realised its defibrillator presented an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the local community and the Co-op is actually a stone’s throw away from some of our completed homes so you can’t get much closer really.

“Of course, we hope it never has to be used but at least the community will have the reassurance of knowing it’s there if needed.”

Redrow set about looking for a suitable recipient and approached the North West Ambulance Service who knew of this very local need.

Cllr Dave Whitehead, chairman of Huntington Parish Council, said: “As a parish council, we are delighted to have supported the installation of the defibrillator, so kindly donated by Redrow.

"We have installed a cabinet for the device that can be accessed around the clock.

“Defibrillators can be life-saving for cardiac arrest patients, and we want to ensure all Huntington residents have access to this vital piece of equipment. The North West Ambulance Service have been fantastic in their guidance and support in implementing this project.”

Redrow has defibrillators at all its live developments and regional offices across England and Wales, which can be accessed by staff, contractors and the local community in the event of a medical emergency.

Redrow has also created an eLearning module about the use of the defibrillators, which is available to all staff.