A potentially life-saving defibrillator has been installed near the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) charity shop in Letchworth town centre.

The installation  - made possible by grants from Hertfordshire County Councillors’ Terry Hone and Michael Muir - is designed so it can be safely utilised by untrained members of the public.

It forms part of EHAAT's commitment to installing community public access defibrillators (CPADs) near its premises.

Cllr Hone commented: "We are pleased to have been able to provide funds for the placement of the defibrillator outside The Arcade on Leys Avenue.

"It was an honour to have been invited to the official unveiling of the new defibrillator and see it come to fruition. This means that there is another CPAD for residents and visitors in the town, greatly increasing the chances of survival for someone in cardiac arrest.”

Leila Clarke, associate retail commercial director at EHAAT added: “We are very grateful to Cllrs. Hone and Muir for their generosity in funding this defibrillator. Thanks to their support this potentially life-saving piece of equipment has been made available to the people of Letchworth.”