Dedicated First-Time Buyer Paramedics Finally Move In

Posted 6 October 2020 by Keith Osborne

Barnstaple paramedics Scott and Lauren had put their move on hold to help out in the pandemic crisis...

Barnstaple paramedics Scott and Lauren King have finally moved into their new home – coincidently near an ambulance station – after putting their family dream on hold to help with the Coronavirus crisis.

The married couple, who both work for South Western Ambulance Service, reserved their four-bedroom home at Wainhomes’ Taw View development at Bickington near Barnstaple the day before the country was placed into lockdown on 16 March.

Scott (37) said: “We knew we had to act quickly as there was so much uncertainty back in March. We were going to buy with Wainhomes at South Molton as we loved the ‘Shakespeare’ house design. But with time ticking before lockdown – and being closer to Barnstaple – we rushed to the Wainhomes development at Bickington with the intention of just confirming our decision but ended up reserving our house there instead!”

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The couple have three children, Toby aged two and twin boys Alex and Joshua who are 10-months-old.

Scott and Lauren wanted a family home with a garden as, having moved back to the area from Bristol, they had been living without outdoor space. But with the crisis placing large demands on the NHS, Scott worked almost every hour he could to help out. This meant it was also harder to arrange virtual meetings with mortgage providers and solicitors.

As the country emerged from lockdown and Scott’s workload eventually eased, the family could set the date to move in. Scott added: “We’re delighted to be finally moving. Back in March on the chance visit to the Taw View development we literally chose everything after placing our reservation.

“Wainhomes have been really helpful, particularly our site manager Bob Maund who went above and beyond for us. Our home looks incredible and the quality of the build is outstanding. After working long hours for the past six months, we’re so thankful to now be moving in and having our own family home.”

Between them Scott and Lauren have been working as paramedics for 24 years. Their new home at Bickington is near to the ambulance station at Roundswell but the paramedic partners can be based at any of the South Western Ambulance Service locations in North Devon.

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