POTENTIALLY life-saving equipment has been installed for use by the community in case of an emergency.

Over the last six months, Durham Elvet Rotary has been working with people in Brandon and Meadowfield, to raise money for the purchase and installation of two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The devices give a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The charity organised a sponsored walk, supermarket bag packing and a raffle.

There were also contributions from Brandon and Meadowfield Neighbourhood Watch, local councillors, 5th Durham City Scout Group, Brandon and Byshottles Table Tennis Club, Brandon Community Hall, Royal British Legion, Meadowfield Social Club, and Avant Homes.

The machines have been installed at Brandon Community Hall and Meadowfield Social Club.

Tom Sharples, president of Durham Elvet Rotary said “The project has been well supported by everyone, and it is a reassuring sight to see these life-saving devices in our local community.”