FREEMASONS have raised the funds to provide a cash boost for a lifesaving piece of equipment.

Members of Beeleigh Abbey Masonic Lodge, Maldon, handed over a £250 cheque to Maldon Bowls Club.

The money will go towards a defibrillator at the club’s Park Drive club house.

Lodge spokesman Martin Harvey said: “We chose Maldon Bowling Club as some of our members also belong to the club and this donation was proposed by Jim Panting, member of both.

“We as an organisation feel defibrillators are important to have in clubs and community groups.

“To help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible.

"For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10 per cent.”