Hearts & Homes
We have launched a new campaign called Hearts & Homes in partnership with the charity Hand on Heart which will see us place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all of our Extra Care courts.
The lifesaving devices, which can be used by anyone to shock someone’s heart back into rhythm if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, will be placed in external cabinets attached to the buildings so they are available for use by residents and the surrounding community.
We are funding a total of 134 of the devices with Hand on Heart contributing a further 26 which will be placed at nearby schools.
Kris Peach, our director of Extra Care, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hand on Heart for what is a really significant project.
“Tens of thousands of people die every year in the UK after suffering sudden cardiac arrest and the statistics show using a defibrillator could save many of those lives.
“Hearts & Homes will see more than 100 communities protected by these lifesaving devices, including thousands of our residents and staff and many more thousands who live in the surrounding area.”
An estimated 60,000 people die every year in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED with CPR can increase the chance of someone surviving a from 6% to up to 74%.
Victoria Burrows, Hand on Heart Chief Executive, said: “We are so pleased to be working with Housing & Care 21 on what represents a huge commitment to make communities up and down the UK Heart Safe.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and every second counts, so having defibrillators in communities available for anyone to use in the event of an emergency is vital.
“The devices are so easy to use and because they will be placed in external cabinets it means the whole community will have access and thousands of people will be protected.”