A COLCHESTER woman has said she is “proud” after a life-saving piece of kit was installed at a city church.

St Cedd’s Church, in Iceni Way, now has a new public access defibrillator on site.

The cost of the installation was covered by resident Angela Linghorn-Baker and her not-for-profit company Essex Medics.

The company was set up in 2012 by Angela and husband David after volunteering for St John Ambulance.

They have been hosting free community sessions for people to attend and learn vital medical skills as well as working with village halls to secure defibrillators.

Mrs Linghorn-Baker said the training has proved popular and more sessions will be rolled out in summer with any donations once again going to support local courses.

On the new defib, she said: “I am really proud to have assisted St Cedd’s Church by facilitating their purchase of a lifesaving public access defibrillator for Shrub End.

“I facilitated the supply and was able to donate free installation, free monthly maintenance, a free responder kit and free training for staff and volunteers through Essex Medics which saved the community £1,846.

“It was brilliant to be able to support St Cedd’s and the wider Shrub End community.

“As someone who has spent most of my life in Colchester, it’s great to be able to give back to the community.”