CALA Homes Donates Defibrillator Package to Local School

The recently opened Trumpington Community College at Great Kneighton, Cambridge has received a mobile defibrillator thanks to a donation by CALA Homes.

CALA Homes 24 October 2016

Cambridge NewsCALA Homes has donated the lifesaving equipment as part of a national campaign to help save the lives of people who suffer potentially fatal cardiac arrests.

CALA is working with national charity Hand on Heart to donate a defibrillator and provide training, together worth £3000, to a school in each of the eight regions across the UK in which it operates.
Eight members of staff and 30 children from each school will also receive basic life support and awareness training as part of the package. 

More than 600 young people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest, of those 270 happen in schools.  The only definitive treatment for a victim of cardiac arrest is early CPR and defibrillation.  This must be administered within 3-5 minutes following collapse to give the person the best chance of survival; making it imperative to have a defibrillator on site. 

John Jones, head teacher at Trumpington Community College commented: “Sudden cardiac arrest among children is rare but the defibrillator gives us extra assurance that we are ready to do all we can to help should the worst happen.  

“We are extremely grateful to CALA Homes for supplying the equipment and training to help us keep our students, staff and local people safe.” 

Warren O’Callaghan, sales manager for CALA Homes (North Home Counties) presented the defibrillator to school. He said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance at CALA, so we are very pleased to extend that principle by giving local schools in the communities in which we build the means to save lives.  

“The equipment and lifesaving training and awareness session held with staff and students by Hand on Heart will continue to have a positive impact for years to come.” 

CALA Homes has recently launched its new development at Great Kneighton. Set alongside a 120 acre country park, the development offers a stunning collection of 29 contemporary two-bedroom apartments and three, four and five-bedroom luxury homes.  

For more information, visit the showhomes and sales office, open daily from 10.30am to 5pm, call 01223 634 702 or visit