THE NORTH Bradley community can give themselves a pat on the back after they successfully raised enough money to install a defibrillator on the memorial hall.

After the memorial hall's committee put out a plea to the community to raise £1,900 to get the potentially life-saving equipment, locals responded by putting on fundraising events to help them inch closer towards the total.

Local groups and businesses, North Bradley School, Brownies, the parish council and many others all chipped in to reach the target in a couple of months.

"We did not want to wait around and respond to an incident, we wanted to take the bull by the horns, be proactive and get a defibrillator for the village to use," said memorial hall committee member Aaron John.

"I am so grateful that the community got behind us so well. They all deserve a pat on the back. It has been a big team effort and shows just what this community is made of.

"It is lovely that so many diverse groups and people of different ages and backgrounds rallied together to do this.

"We will be holding classes in the coming months to teach people how to use this equipment and we have already had a good response in terms of interest.

The first session is at the hall in Southwick Road on August 12 from 10am-12pm and another one is planned for September but a date has not been set.

For more information call 01225 765158