These are not just defibrillators. They are M&S defibrillators.

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer - Credit: Archant

Marks & Spencer has agreed to home defibrillators at 18 stores across Essex and Suffolk as part of a life-saving project.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) will fund the kit as part of its campaign to get 1,000 defibrillators installed in locations across the region.

The M&S equipment will be installed by the end of March.

Forty stores in the region will have them, including 11 in Essex and seven in Suffolk.

Andrew Barlow, community partnership manager for EEAST, said: “We want to maximise the potential benefit of these by placing them in busy locations, which will help patients before the arrival of a first responder or front-line ambulance worker.”

Keith Davis, fire, health and safety manager at M&S, added: “Our position at the heart of high streets and large footfall shopping destinations means our stores are perfect venues to host defibrillators.”