A Life-Saving Donation At The Heart Of Great Haywood

16th June 2023 - Rob Stanway

National Gas has ensured visitors at a family-run farm shop in Great Haywood have access to a potentially life-saving piece of equipment following the donation of a new defibrillator to the Canalside Farm.

The project team from National Gas alongside contractor A. Hak, handed over the defibrillator to staff at Canalside Farm following the completion of work to divert a gas pipeline in the area on behalf of HS2 Limited.

A defibrillator is a device that provides a high-energy electric shock to the heart in the event of cardiac arrest. It is estimated sudden cardiac arrest kills approximately 100,000 people a year in the UK, equivalent to about 18% of deaths.

National Gas and A. Hak worked in collaboration with AEDdonate, a charity committed to improving survival chances from cardiac arrests that occur outside of hospitals and supporting the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in local communities.

They worked closely with the team from National Gas to identify a suitable location in the area, choosing Canalside Farm which the charity had loaned a device to last year. Now the venue has a new, permanent device, AEDdonate can use the originally loaned defibrillator to support another community.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer at AEDdonate, commented:

“We are incredibly grateful to National Gas and A. Hak for their remarkable support which is vital in achieving our mission to ensure the health and wellbeing of local people. Their generous donation of a defibrillator to Canalside Farm will directly impact the safety of our community, empowering us to provide essential life-saving interventions.”

Mark Whittaker, Lead Project Manager at National Gas, added:

“Whilst completing our works, we identified an unused defibrillator and along with our contractor, A. Hak, we wanted to donate this potentially lifesaving equipment to the local area. We always strive to leave lasting, positive legacies where we’ve carried out work. It has been our pleasure to make this donation which will benefit visitors to Canalside Farm and other members of the public should the worst happen.”


National Gas has been legally required to carry out work on behalf of HS2 Limited. It started the main gas pipeline diversion work in Great Haywood in January 2022 which the team completed on schedule in ten months.

Pictured (l to r): Daniel Curry, project manager, National Gas, Emily Taylor, shop manager at Canalside Farm and Jamie Richards, CEO at AEDdonate

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