RESIDENTS of Wem have access to another defibrillator in the town thanks to the fundraising efforts of the cricket club.

Earlier this year those associated with Wem Cricket Club undertook a sponsored virtual trek to Mumbai in India and back to raise money for a new defibrillator at the club.

The nearest defibrillator currently resides at Wem train station, but its location could be problematic in the event of an emergency if the level-crossing barriers were down.

The decision was made to virtually run, walk or cycle to Mumbai, as that is the home city of one of the club's professional players, who should have joined this year before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

Club chairman Shaun Astley has confirmed that the club reached their fundraising target, and has now purchased a defibrillator.

"Following on from the recent amazing fundraising effort by Wem cricket club members and friends of the club we have now purchased a defibrillator for community use," said Shaun.

"As part of the package we will be running a training course within social distancing rules on it’s use.

"This course will be held at the club on Tuesday, July 14 with a 6.30pm start. It’s open to club members and the general public.

"Numbers will be limited to 12 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis."