Trafford Housing Trust

National Contractor pledges to save lives in Old Trafford

19 May 2016

National housing contractor Willmott Partnership Homes, part of Willmott Dixon, who are currently  building an 81 unit Extra Care Scheme and Community Hub in Old Trafford for Trafford Housing Trust, has recently purchased a defibrillator for community use at St Bride’s Church in Old Trafford.

Old Trafford Residents learning how to use the defibrillator on a dummy


The church which was built by Willmott Partnership Homes as part of the Limelight development, has recently reopened after moving to a more prominent site, with its entrance on St Brides Way, at the corner of Shrewsbury Street.

The defibrillator, which provides a high energy electric shock that can be given to the heart in some types of cardiac arrest with the intention of creating a more stable rhythm, includes a spare set of pads as well as first aid training on how to save lives in the event of an emergency. The first of a possible two training sessions for Trafford Housing Trust, Willmott Partnership Homes and church staff took place in the church hall at St Brides on 13th April.

The defibrillator will be donated when the Limelight extra care and community hub development is completed and will be located in a cabinet in the foyer area of St Bride’s Church.

Wilmott Partnership Homes staff are raising money to fund the cost of the defibrillator by running in next year’s 2017 Great Manchester Run.

The device was purchased from a new not-for-profit, organisation called Health Enterprise, run by the former Mayor of Trafford, Dylan Butt. While in office Cllr Butt undertook the Trafford Defibrillator Project, delivering a number of defibrillators to community centres across the borough with the support of public donations.  He also worked with Trafford Housing Trust to place defibrillators in its sheltered housing schemes throughout Altrincham.

Graeme Scott, Assistant Director of the Development Team at Trafford Housing Trust, commented: “Everyone at the Trust would like to thank Wilmott Partnership Homes for this very generous donation. This defibrillator could be life-saving for people in the Limelight development and the wider local community.”

Stuart Belfield, Operations Director at Willmott Partnership Homes said: “Wilmott Partnership Homes and Trafford Housing Trust have an excellent working relationship and this donation reflects the commitment from both organisations in supporting the people of Trafford to lead safe and healthy lifestyles.”



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