A RUBERY community centre has installed vital, life-saving equipment giving people the best chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.

A community public access defibrillator has been installed at Rubery Community and Leisure Centre, in Holywell Lane.

It has been donated by West Midlands Ambulance Service, with the cabinet donated by Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation.

After a patient has collapsed following a cardiac arrest, every minute that a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduces by seven to 10 per cent.

Rubery Community and Leisure Centre is inviting residents to a event showing how the defibrillator works.

Bromsgrove Community First Responders and Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation will be demonstrating how to save a life if someone is suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The event will be held on Monday, June 29, from 6pm until 6.45pm.

Robert Underwood, from the foundation, said: "We are pleased to be working alongside Bromsgrove first responders to provide training to the community.

"The foundation would like to thank West Midlands Ambulance Service for there great support with donating a life saving defibrillator to Rubery community centre.

"To make it available 24 hours a day our charity decide to help the community and purchase a cabinet to house the defibrillator in. This means anyone can access it and help save more lives when someone suffers a cardiac arrest."

For more details call Glen Boltz, the leisure centre's secretary on 0121 453 7716.