AN APPEAL to raise £1.7k to kick off a bid to install life-saving defibrillators across Halesowen North has been started.

The Swan pub on Long Lane has agreed to have a defib after being contacted by campaigner and fireman Stuart Henley, who has started the appeal.

Defibrillators are put on the outside of buildings.

To use the defib people must call 999 when they are given a code to open it and instructions on how to use it.

The code changes each time it is used.

A defibrillator is on the wall of the pub Picks on Halesowen High Street after fundraising on the Facebook page Halesowen Times - Take Two.

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Former UKIP councillor Stuart, who works at Dudley Fire Station, said he's "raising funds to install a number of defibrillators around Halesowen North.

He added: "I am looking at locations and talking with a few.

"So far The Swan Inn Halesowen will be installing a defib to the outside of their property and will carry out fund raisers when they are allowed to.

"Please donate so we can get the funds required for each defib."

Stuart has recently joined the Halesowen North Conservative team.

The JustGiving appeal can be seen by clicking here.

The chances of survival after a cardiac arrest can increase from 6 per cent to 74 per cent if a defibrillator and CPR are used within the first three to five minutes of collapse.

Less than one in 10 people in the UK survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, partly because there aren’t enough people prepared to perform CPR when someone has a cardiac arrest and there aren’t enough defibrillators.

Each defib and external cabinet costs around £1.6k.