New community defibrillator fitted at Cottsway’s offices in Witney

Cottsway Housing has fitted a new community defibrillator outside its offices in the busy Station Lane area of Witney.

The defibrillator has been kindly funded through a £1,800 grant donation from the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund and is the first in Station Lane.

Cottsway is the largest housing association in West Oxfordshire, in West Oxfordshire, owning almost 5,000 homes, housing more than 10,000 people, and Travis Perkins Managed Services provides supplies for its repairs and maintenance team.

The defibrillator has been fitted at the front of Cottsway’s offices in Heynes Place, Avenue Two, and is available for anyone to use 24-hours-per-day. It adds to Witney’s defibrillator coverage, with the closest other defibrillators installed at The Leys Recreation Ground and Windrush Leisure Centre.

Emma Hodgetts, Facilities Officer for Cottsway Housing, said: “As a housing association, we ‘re committed to supporting local communities and take our social responsibility very seriously. We’re really pleased to have been able to install this potentially life-saving defibrillator and would like to thank Travis Perkins for their support.

“This is the first defibrillator in Station Lane and we think it’s really important for people to have access to this, with thousands of people working on the nearby industrial parks or passing through every day.” Martyn Piper, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said “We are so pleased to be able to provide Cottsway with this defibrillator. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone whether they are at home, work or out in public places. This is why it is so important to be able to have one in every community across the country. We hope this defibrillator will help save lives and is a reassurance to all the residents.”