A Tyne and Wear school has benefited from life-saving equipment and a restored community garden, thanks to support from local businesses including Story Homes.
Our donation, alongside contributions from Mortgage Bureau North East and other local businesses and parents of pupils, has enabled Ryton Junior School to purchase a portable defibrillator, which delivers an electric shock to the heart in the case of a cardiac arrest.
We donated an additional £500 to help the school to replace its community garden, which was destroyed by arsonists in February 2017. The fire caused severe damage to the garden, shed and other equipment.
Northumbria Police applied for support from us on the school’s behalf, with PC Andy Hyde facilitating the purchase of the defibrillator and liaising with the local businesses that contributed.
PC Andy Hyde commented: “We are very grateful to Story Homes and Mortgage Bureau North East, along with other local businesses and parents of the pupils, for their contributions, which have enabled us to secure a defibrillator for Ryton Junior School as well as several other schools around Gateshead.
“Earlier this year, Story Homes also donated towards the purchase and installation of a defibrillator at Ferndene Park in Ryton, and the community is very grateful for the company’s generosity in funding such vital equipment around the area.”
Katherine Hope, Sales Manager for Story Homes, said: “Our Fairfields Manor development is based nearby in Crawcrook, and we try to help the communities around our housing developments in ways that add long-term value. A defibrillator clearly aligns with this aim and could help save the life of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
“In addition, we felt it was important to provide support to the school for their garden, and we are pleased that they will be able to secure new gardening equipment, a shed and flowers to bring the garden back to life. It is looking fantastic and we hope that it will be enjoyed by all who use it for years to come.”