Two local businesses, NYTimber and Walter Thompson, have joined forces to help fund a defibrillator for Holy Trinity Infant School and the Ripon community.
The businesses, which both operate throughout North Yorkshire, have donated £500 to the school that will be used to buy a defibrillator, which will be installed to be used by the public in case of emergency.
The device is potentially lifesaving for someone suffering a cardiac arrest, and can be accessed 24 hours a day by entering a code on its keypad, which can be obtained by calling 999.
Chris Stones, branch manager at NYTimber in Ripon, said: “I hope the defibrillator is never required, but it is important that the school and local people do have access to one just in case.
"My team and I will be raising awareness of the device and its location with our customers, and would encourage other to do so too."
Established in 1979, NYTimber is one of the largest independent timber importers and merchants in the North East. It supplies fencing and decking, oak flooring and doors, constructional timber, roof trusses, sheet materials, cladding and many more timber products.
Walter Thompson was formed in 1920 and is today one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the North East, undertaking contracts across a variety of sectors.