Community spirit is strong in Whixall after residents and businesses raised £2,000 for piece of life-saving equipment.

The new defibrillator - which can be used on people in cardiac arrest - was unveiled at Whixall Social Centre on Sunday afternoon by the deputy Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Ian Sawers.

It follows just over 12 months of fundraising.

Carole James, committee member of the social centre and project leader, said: "We had a lot of donations, including those from the bowling club, the churches, the school, residents and members of the public, who also donated raffle prizes.

"It feels fantastic now that it is here.

"I have lived in Whixall all my life. When I look at old newspapers it's endearing to see what has been done in Whixall and perhaps in a few years time people will feel the same about this project."

Chairman of the social centre committee, Steve Grogan, added: "This is a great day for the committee and it's a very important day because Whixall is quite remote and hard to respond to, so this will adds some reassurance for people.

"It is keeping the social centre moving forward and things like this are about keeping the community alive and vibrant and that is what we want to see."

The unveiling was followed by a taster session of how to use a defibrillator by community first responder Jenni Jarvis, who will also be hosting sessions on how to use it in the coming weeks.

Mr Sawers, commented: "I hope it never has to be used but I am sure it is a comfort to you all."