HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised to fund a community defibrillator after councillors and residents abseiled down the side of Dudley Castle.

Councillors Keiran Casey and Adam Aston and residents took on the challenge on Sunday, October 13 to raise money to buy the life-saving equipment for the Sycamore Adventure centre on the Old Park Farm estate in Dudley.

The kit will be based at the centre and will be available for the public to use in an emergency and is the latest move in the councillors' campaign to improve community safety.

Around 20 people took part in the abseil down the historic castle keep and they were even joined by the the Mayor of Dudley, councillor David Stanley who spontaneously took part.

Councillor Keiran Casey said: "It was brilliant and the views from the top of the castle are stunning.

"We originally spoke to the team at the Sycamore Centre and they mentioned about getting one of these defibs on the centre for the centre and for the wider community.

"We had a think as a team about where we could do this and thought what a better place than Dudley Castle, which is iconic across the region and which we're all proud of.

"Thank you to everyone that has made this possible, in particular Donna, Glenn, Keith and the whole team from The Sycamore Centre, not only for this, but for the hard work they do all year round, which makes a massive difference to our local community.

"A big thank you as well to everyone that has donated. We've raised about £900 at the moment with more still coming in, so please keep donating."