A LIFESAVING defibrillator has been installed at a popular canalside pub in Brierley Hill thanks to match funding and a generous donation.

The Tenth Lock pub on Delph Road has become the latest location in the area to host a lifesaving defibrillator for the local community.

Funded with help of match funding from the Department of Health & Social Care and a £750 donation from Marstons Brewery, the publicly accessible machine is now charged and ready for use should any customers or locals suffer a cardiac arrest.

Nicola Preston, manager at the Tenth Lock, said: "We’re so pleased that our pub and the surrounding community now have our own life saving defibrillator.

"We'll be arranging free training here at the pub to help locals get the confidence to use it, and also work to get a bleed kit here as well."

After being made aware that the Tenth Lock team were planning to fundraise for a defib at the pub, Brierley Hill and Wordsley South councillor Adam Davies pointed the fundraisers in the direction of a grant application opportunity from the Department for Health & Social Care and delivered by London Hearts.

The application was approved and Marstons Brewery generously donated the full £750 required to secure the match funding.

Cllr Davies said: “I’m so pleased Nicky, Paddy and the team were successful with their application which has led to yet another life-saving defibrillator being made available in our community.

“There are a lot of people to thank for this new defib being installed; customers got involved and the donation from Marstons meant the match funding could be secured nice and quickly.”

Cllr Wayne Little, fellow ward councillor, said: “The more defibrillators we can get installed in the local area, the better the survival chances will be for anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

“It’s fantastic when local businesses and community locations like the Tenth Lock are so determined to host a defib on their premises, so credit to Nicky and the team for putting themselves forward.”