A LIFESAVING defibrillator has been installed at a Stourport centre thanks to the efforts of members of the community.

The vital equipment has been bought and installed outside the Elizabeth Mills Day Centre, based in Sion Gardens, and will benefit residents and visitors to the town.

Money to purchase the defibrillator, which cost a total of £1,558.54, was raised through donations and a series of fundraising raffles organised by the centre.

Actors from Stourport’s The Monday Night Group, who perform the annual Christmas pantomime for charity in the town, donated £1,000 towards the bid while former Mayor Councillor Ken Henderson awarded £250 from his Wyre Forest Community Leadership Fund. Money raised through raffles at the centre was used to make up the full amount.

Sam Maher, Chairman of the Monday Night Group said: “We are delighted that money raised from the pantomime can be used for vital projects such as this.

Councillor Ken Henderson added: “I am only too pleased that my community funding is available and I feel this defibrillator is perfectly placed to serve a wide area of the town including the riverside.”

And Ann Hill, secretary of Elizabeth Mills Day Centre, said: “I am over the moon that this project has finally been fulfilled.”