A life-saving defibrillator has been installed at a community hub in Gorleston by housing group Orbit.

Following the identification of a lack of such devices in the area, the Orbit team applied for funding from the Department of Health and Social Care's community automated external defibrillators fund.

Having been awarded 50pc of the cost, Orbit matched the remaining amount for the defibrillator that was subsequently fitted freely by maintenance contractor MPS Housing.

Placed on the exterior of the Better Days hub, the accessible defibrillator is registered on The Circuit, the national defibrillator network, allowing the ambulance service to guide individuals to it in emergencies.

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Louise Millington, Better Days Hub lead for Orbit said: “We want to help create communities where people feel safe and supported.

"We're delighted that we have been able to secure this essential lifesaving equipment for the people in and around our Better Days hub which also offers a range of free services to support people’s health and wellbeing.”

The Better Days hub, officially opened last October, provides free face-to-face support on various issues for the local community.