LIFESAVING kit has been fitted in Wall Heath for members of the public to use in an emergency thanks to a community campaign.

Former councillor Natalie Neale has led efforts to raise the funds for the defibrillator which has been installed on the wall outside the Wall Heath Tavern in the High Street.

The kit, which will be available for use 24/7, has cost around £2,000 and the money was raised by the community plus funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The defibrillator was fitted on Saturday September 14 and free training will now be offered to interested volunteers at the Wall Heath Tavern on Wednesday September 18 from 7pm to 9pm.

James Russell, head of community and education at AEDdonate which is offering the training, said: "AEDdonate delivered awareness courses are designed to demonstrate just how easy it is to use a defibrillator but also show how to access one in an emergency. A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age at any time, a defibrillator is designed to be used in the vital minutes prior to the arrival of the ambulance service on scene."

He said the training session "allows for questions and aims to offer reassurance and structure in what can be an extremely stressful time".

Anyone interested can just turn up to the session. There is no need to book.