THE family of a teaching assistant has commemorated the anniversary of her death by installing a life-saving defibrillator.

The machine was installed at the Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe in memory of 39-year-old Seonaid Hill – who died suddenly last year.

Mrs Hill’s brother Calum Taylor wanted to give the mother of two a lasting legacy and prevent similar deaths to ensure other families wouldn’t have to go through the same heartbreak.

He said: “I’m so pleased we’ve been able to leave a legacy for Seonaid as she will always be remembered not just by us but by people in the community.

“I think she’d be over the moon with everything and she’d be so proud of everyone who has helped especially my mam and dad who have been phenomenal."

The machine is based in the same building Mrs Hill’s parents held their wedding reception at over 40 years ago and the family hope to install other machines across County Durham in the future.

The defibrilater works by sending a high energy electric shock through the heart. The shock aims to return a heart to its normal working state if it goes into cardiac arrest.

The life-saving machine was funded through several events including a football tournament to celebrate Mrs Hill’s love of football.

Mr Taylor organised the Kick it 4 Seonaid tournament at Moore Lane Sports Club, it raised £1,800 alone for the defibrillator.

It saw a team of Mrs Hill’s friends challenge a Newton Aycliffe pub team to a match in her memory.

The event was so successful that in the future Mr Taylor hopes to run it annually and would like to thank all who donated and supported to the cause.