A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator has been installed into a village's telephone box.

Shrivenham Parish Council was awarded more than £1,000 to buy it.

Parish councillor John Lloyd helped to get the defibrillator – which is used to give an electric shock to people in cardiac arrest – put in place.

He said: “Shrivenham’s second defibrillator will help to cover a wider area in an expanding village.

“It was funded equally between Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks and the parish council.

"We’re delighted to have been able to boost the potential to save lives in our village with this emergency equipment.”

The SSEN fund has helped more than 200 projects in the past five years after it was set up in 2014.

It works to help projects that protect the welfare of vulnerable people.

SSEN’s community investment manager Gareth Shields said: “This kind of equipment has proven to be popular in rural areas, which can be hard to access in severe weather, even for emergency services.

“The British Heart Foundation states that for every minute it takes for a defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10 per cent, so SSEN is pleased to have been able to help support the parish council in its purchase of this equipment.”

The defibrillator is at the junction of Highworth Road and Stallpits Road.