Cranbrook developer defib donation is a runaway success for kids’ Parkrun

A developer donation of £600 will pay for lifesaving equipment for a Cranbrook kids’ keep fit session.

House builder Taylor Wimpey’s donation means the town’s junior Parkrun can go ahead safely because the funds have paid for a portable defibrillator.

Matt Rowett, Cranbrook resident and founder and chairman of Exeter College Running Club, said the donation hit the fundraising target for the essential equipment needed for the Sunday run.

He said: “We’d been working hard for some time to raise the funds needed to establish a junior Parkrun in Cranbrook, and had made considerable strides to achieve this.

“The £600 donation from Taylor Wimpey allowed us to hit our target for the essential equipment required to keep junior Parkrun safe, such as a portable defibrillator and a PA system.

“To have this boost to our fundraising has been fantastic and we couldn’t be more thankful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will allow the community to become more active.”

The junior run was set up to encourage youngsters to make the most of Cranbrook’s parkland and green spaces.

Melissa Langton, Taylor Wimpey Exeter spokeswoman, said giving something back to local communities was ‘important’.

“Especially when the cause in question encourages local children to get more exercise and have fun in open, outdoor spaces,” she said.

“We’re really proud to donate to Cranbrook junior Parkrun and hope the kids have great Sunday mornings being active in the outdoors.”

Junior Parkrun is held across the UK every Sunday morning; a free-to-enter series of two kilometre running events for children aged between four and 14 years old.

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