A Burnham-On-Sea pub has this week unveiled its new life-saving defibrillator.

The Lighthouse Pub in Highbridge Road has purchased the device after raising £2,500 to buy it and it’s now installed at the back of the pub, near the play area.

The pub’s fundraising team – who include Julie Plested, Mandy Pike, Tracy Kear and Dan Hodge – have thanked Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club for donating £250 towards its purchase, plus the Lightbulbs skittles team who also gave £250, and other customers who kindly gave donations.

Mandy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We wanted a defibrillator installed after a couple of health scares at the pub. It’s here to serve the community.”

A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

The pub’s fundraising team have raised more than £7,500 for multiple charities over the past 18 months. They are currently collecting old pound coins and new 10p coins with letters on as part of a fundraising push.