VITAL lifesaving equipment has been donated to first aiders in and around Bristol.

   The British Heart Foundation is giving 10 defibrillators costing GBP25,000 to St John Ambulance’s Avon branch.

   Defibrillators are used to restart the hearts of people who have gone into cardiac arrest.

   The equipment will be used to teach ambulance crews and divisional members essential life-saving skills.

   The defibrillators will be made available at all major events where fully trained St John Ambulance crews are on duty.

   It is the organisation’s aim eventually to have a defibrillator on each of the county’s 30 frontline vehicles.

   The presentation of the equipment will be made next Thursday at St John Ambulance HQ in Raleigh Road, Southville.

   It will be handed over by the Foundation’s area organiser, Pauline Kennedy, to St John Ambulance county commissioner Nora Ford.

   Assistant commissioner Myra Meredith said: "We are extremely grateful to the British Heart Foundation for this very generous gift."