JCB Helps Isolated Village
6th November 2019 Paul Andrews
An isolated Staffordshire Moorlands village has access to life-saving medical kit thanks to a donation from JCB.
Families in the remote village of Cotton now have 24-hour access to a community defibrillator after staff at The Faber Catholic Primary School approached JCB for help.
With its World Headquarters only a few miles away from the tiny village, the company pledged to fund a purpose-built key-pad operated defibrillator box outside the Cotton Lane school.
Principal Lisa Machin said: “The school managed to obtain a defibrillator a couple of years ago but we didn’t have the money to buy the special box needed to site it outside. Of course, making it available for everyone to use at any time is vital, so we approached JCB for help."
“JCB’s generous £500 donation means members of the community now have 24-hour access to the defibrillator and we have funds to keep it well-maintained too.”
JCB Occupational Health Nurse Sarah Ede officially unveiled the community facility along with children from the school. She added: “JCB is delighted to support Faber and the village of Cotton in this very worthwhile plan. The more defibrillators there are available to the public - especially in rural areas - the better. When cardiac arrests happen every second is vital and having access to this equipment can quite literally save lives.”