A true life-saver has become the latest member of a Middlesbrough community library.
The Friends of Marton Library raised the £1,255 needed to install a defibrillator outside the popular facility on The Willows.
The life-saving device will benefit the local community, as it will be available 24/7 for anyone in need.
The high-tech machine has been registered with The Circuit, the national network that connects defibrillator locations to NHS ambulance services, so they can be accessed quickly to save lives in the crucial moments after a cardiac arrest.
The defibrillator was provided and installed by leading supplier WEL Medical, and officially unveiled on Friday (August 5).
Jennifer Breakwell from WEL Medical was on hand to show library staff, along with Claus Stroander and Helen Shutt from the Friends Group, how to use the defibrillator.
The new machine joins two existing defibrillators in Marton East ward, one at Marton Community Centre funded by the Centre Group and users, and a second at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park funded by Park Runners.
Councillor Dorothy Davison, who attended the launch event with fellow Marton East ward member Cllr Tom Mawston, said: “Defibrillators are becoming a common sight on buildings and in public places up and down the country, and they really do help to save lives.
“This generous donation by the Friends Group is a real asset for which the local community is truly grateful.”
To find out more about The Circuit – the UK’s national defibrillator network – visit The Circuit website.