Homebuilder Donates Defibrillator to Local Community

by Fraser Clarke

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

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AN UPMARKET homebuilder has donated a much-needed defibrillator for an East Lothian village.

Malcolm Miller decided to try and source a defibrillator for his local West Barns community after his mum, Mary, passed away as a result of heart issues aged 64.

The 29-year-old, who works as a project manager for an engineering company, initially decided that he would undertake a number of fundraising challenges in order to raise money to buy the life-saving device.

However, he also decided to send emails to a number of businesses to ask for their support and was stunned when CALA Homes responded to say it would step in to donate the life-saving equipment.

Malcolm said: “My mum passed away suddenly last September from heart problems so I wanted to get a defibrillator for the village.

“The nearest one was two miles away so I went to the community council meeting to propose we got one in West Barns.

“When I researched the cost I found out we were looking at £2,000 for the device itself and an extra £500 for the wall mount.

“I was stunned and so grateful when CALA came back right away to say they would donate it. It’s an amazing gesture.”

A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current to the heart in order to try and shock the heart to stop so that it can start rhythmically pumping naturally again.

The device was ordered and delivered to CALA’s Castle Bay development, in Belhaven near Dunbar, where a delighted Malcolm was able to collect it.

It will now be placed within West Barns village to provide emergency treatment to anyone who take ill with heart problems in the town.

Malcolm continued: “My mum was a well-known figure in the area, with over 20 years work in the community council and 17 years as the local playgroup leader, so I know she’d be absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to make such a difference.

 

“I’m really indebted to CALA for their generosity and ensuring that I was able to get a defibrillator so quickly and easily.

“Now that I’ve collected it from the new development, Castle Bay, I can’t wait for it to be put in place in the village.”

CALA Homes is committed to ensuring its developments create tangible benefits to those in the local area.

Its new Castle Bay site offers a brand-new collection of four and five bedroom detached homes in the village of Belhaven in Dunbar on the East Lothian coastline.

Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East), said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to help out Malcolm like this.

“When we received his email, we were obviously aware of how tough a time it had been for him, having recently lost his mother.

“We’re proud that we can help in this way so that he can make a real difference to those living nearby him in memory of his mother.”

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Young PR professional Fraser Clarke, who works with public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh, Scotland

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