Scotmid Co-operative has installed heart defibrillators in three more of its stores.

It has installed the life-saving device to stores in Kirkliston, Torrance and Prestonpans, bringing the number of branches with defibrillators to 38.

The group has been working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to help equip local communities in Scotland with public access defibrillators as well as training staff in resuscitation and use of the device.

The Lakes and Dales Co-operative has also donated two defibrillators to Penrith Mountain Rescue, to help people needing assistance in the mountains and local community.

Emma Johnson from Penrith Mountain Rescue thanked Lakes and Dales Co-operative for their generosity. “We’ve needed these defibrillators for a long time, so for Lakes and Dales Co-operative to donate them to Penrith Mountain Rescue is absolutely amazing,” she said. “All of our rescue vehicles will now have a defibrillator, which means that wherever our volunteers go, they will always have a life-saving piece of equipment with them. They will be a fantastic asset for our local community.”

Katie Kipling, trainee membership and community officer for Lakes and Dales Co-operative, said: “We are very pleased to be able to donate these two life-saving defibrillators to Penrith Mountain Rescue. Penrith Mountain Rescue is a terrific charity and their volunteers are on call to help people in distress 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. They provide a vital service for our local community and we are delighted that we can help.”