Housebuilder Bellway backs school campaign and donates defibrillator to Wingate community

A housebuilder in Wingate has supported a local primary school’s campaign to provide the village with potentially lifesaving equipment.

Bellway, which is building new homes at Wellfield Rise, off Wellfield Road, purchased a defibrillator for installation at Holy Trinity Church in the village.

The donation came in response to a community project started by Key Stage 2 pupils at Wingate Primary School.

The students, headed by their teacher Martin Binks, have been campaigning to increase the number of defibrillators available within the village.

Martin said: “We started the project through a discussion about defibrillators after I had taken part in a three-day First Aid at Work course. Our Year 3 children decided to start the project to make defibrillators more available in our village, as there was only one defibrillator available 24/7.

“We have worked very closely with Tom Sharples at the Rotary Club, who supported our project and put us in touch with the right people to get it moving.

“We chose the church as it is close to a large housing estate in the village, which will improve the chance of survival if a member of the public suffers from cardiac arrest, as it would be closer to where they were.

“This is now the second defibrillator that our students have managed to raise funds for, the first is currently installed on the school fence on Moor Lane.

“The students are very proud of how the project is going and were very excited to hear that we had been donated another defibrillator to make our community a safer place.”

Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager for Bellway Durham, said: “Besides building high-quality homes for people to live in, we are committed to creating a positive legacy through supporting the communities in which we build.

“We are delighted to be working with the students at Wingate Primary School on such an important project, that could potentially make a huge difference for someone one day.”

Bellway is building a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes at Wellfield Rise.