AN EMERGENCY defibrillator has been installed in Summerseat.

The life-saving device has been placed on the side of Al Bosco restaurant, in Robin Road, and will have 24-hour access for the community.

It is the first defibrillator to be installed in the village, and has been donated by North West Ambulance Service while the housing unit was funded by £1,500 won at one of Bury Council’s Pitch events.

Support was also offered by Bury pensioner Jack Rogerson, who raises awareness of the need for more defibrillators in and around the borough and raises money for their installation.

Mr Rogerson’s heart was restarted by a defibrillator after he stopped breathing while playing crown green bowls at Seedfield in 2013.

The device was officially unveiled outside the restaurant last Wednesday, when residents were invited to attend a training course on how to use it.

Viv Sayers, the Summerseat Village Community group secretary, said: “We think it is important to have an emergency defibrillator in the village, and we hope it will save lives.

“We would like to thank Davide from Al Bosco for allowing it to be installed outside the premises, as well as Jack Rogerson and North West Ambulance.”