A group of patients have clubbed together to raise £1,000 for a new defibrillator in their Welling GP practice.

They presented the life-saving piece of equipment to Westwood Surgery in Westwood Lane on Monday (August 4).

Approximately 60,000 suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year and defibrillators can play a huge role in saving someone's life. 

Westwood Patient Participation Group (WPPG) secretary Linda Gardner said: 'The presentation of the defibrillator to Westwood Surgery was the culmination of many months of fundraising by our group. 

"It is a life saving piece of emergency equipment which will be a valuable community resource.

"We are pleased to have reached our first fundraising target and the staff at Westwood are delighted to take possession of the equipment."