Property firm pledges to install new defibrillator after dad’s emotional plea

Matthew Kelly with his son.Matthew Kelly with his son.
Matthew Kelly with his son.
Barratt Homes will install a defribrillator outside its sales office on Aqua Drive next week.

The gesture comes alongside plans to install a second defibrillator on the nearby Hampton Water.

Barratt Homes has paid for the defibrillator on their site and will also cover the running costs..

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The device can be used by anyone to save the life of someone having a cardiac arrest and will remain in place even after the company’s sales office is eventually expected to be vacated.

Residents are also planning to fund a permanent defibrillator at the nearby Peterborough WakePark on Beebys Way.

As the Peterborough Telegraph reported last week, local resident Matthew Kelly launched a campaign to have a community defibrillator installed at WakePark.

Donations have been flooding in since then, with many business offering both cash donations and prizes for a raffle. These include personal training services, landscaping, electricians, window cleaning aswell as vouchers for Amazon and Dobbies Garden Centre.

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Head of the local neighbourhood watch Tracy Butler said: “We as a residents committee have been overwhelmed by the response.

“We would like to thank everybody who has been involved.

“We really look out for each other here and this represents the work of the whole community, all the residents have been involved.

“We are close to our target for the WakePark defibrillator and we will keep going. Our raffle will remain open until August 30, and if we raise excess funds we will look to place one in Hampton Gardens and provide defibrillator training as well.

We are very grateful indeed to Barratt Homes for their generous gesture. Having both defibrillators in the area will be a big asset to the local community.”

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