LAKES and Dales Co-operative has donated two life-saving defibrillators to Penrith Mountain Rescue.

The new equipment means that the charity will now have a defibrillator in all three of its rescue vehicles when responding to callouts.

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock to restart when someone is having a cardiac arrest.

Emma Johnson from Penrith Mountain Rescue said: “We’ve been needing these defibrillators for a long time, so for Lakes and Dales Co-operative to donate them to Penrith Mountain Rescue is absolutely amazing.

“All of our rescue vehicles will now have a defibrillator, which means that wherever our volunteers go, they will always have a life-saving piece of equipment with them. They will be a fantastic asset for our local community.”

Katie Kipling, Trainee Membership and Community Officer for Lakes and Dales Co-operative said: “Penrith Mountain Rescue is a terrific charity and their volunteers are on call to help people in distress 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

“They provide a vital service for our local community and we are delighted that we can help.”