A LIFE-SAVING device has been installed at a set of newly-refurbished tennis courts thanks to the success of a coffee morning.

The public access defibrillator at Victoria Park in Newbury was unveiled by Heartstart Thatcham after resident Caroline Powers raised funds in memory of her late partner.

Mayor of Newbury David Fenn and Heartstart volunteers were on hand to install the charity's 51st defibrillator.

Councillor Adrian Edwards, leader of Newbury Town Council, said: “We were approached by the Heartstart team and were pleased to be able to offer a space for the defibrillator in Victoria Park, which is widely used by residents and visitors.

“With our new facilities in the park, including the refurbished tennis courts, more and more people are visiting and the defibrillator will be in an ideal position should anyone need to use it in an emergency.”

Caroline held a coffee morning in October 2016 in memory of her late partner, Richard Hayes.

Caroline said: “The coffee morning was a big success and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported it.”

The money raised was passed to the Heartstart Thatcham team as funding towards another defibrillator.

The team have held fund raising events including a quiz evening at the Old London Apprentice, to raise additional funds to enable this to happen.