A group of Brownies at St Chad’s, York, raised money for a defibrillator for the church after learning about the life-saving devices for their First Aid badge.

A defibrillator is a portable device that can give a casualty's heart an electric shock, when it has stopped beating. They are often located in public places such as old telephone boxes, on the walls of village halls, or outside pubs and shops, but they are increasingly found attached to church buildings.

Greer Parker, leader of York St Chad’s 28th Brownies, said: “We were doing our First Aid badge, and realised our nearest defibrillator was a good 10-minute walk away. We decided to raise some money to get one here, and straight away, one of our Sixers [brownie leaders] decided to do a sponsored running-up-and-down-the-stairs!”

The group were given £1500 from Tesco’s Community Fund, where customers are given a blue token to vote for their favourite charity to receive a grant.

The Revd Simon Bray, Priest in Charge of the Bishopthorpe Road parishes, said: “It was brilliant to see the Brownies’ enthusiasm for raising these important funds. It’s great for the church to be a resource and a blessing to our community.”