AMBLESIDE'S First Responders have received a £1085 cheque from the town's Hayes Garden World.

The cash was raised from donations dropped into the Wishing Wells at the entrances to the garden centre by customers and visitors.

The First Responders are trained in basic first aid and in the use of life-saving defibrillators.

They are able to administer vital, and fast, emergency first-aid to casualties in the local area, until paramedics arrive.

Store manager Leanne Coulson said: "We are delighted to present Ambleside First Responders with some of the funds collected in this year’s Wishing Well appeal.

"The local First-Responder team provide an invaluable service for local residents and visitors to Ambleside. 

"We understand that the money our customers have donated over the last year will be used towards the purchase of additional equipment for use by the volunteer team." 

Volunteer Nick Martin added: "This very generous donation will allow us to purchase an extra defibrillator and kit which will allow us to respond even faster.

"This additional equipment could cut ten minutes off our response time, allowing responders to go direct to a call."