An ambitious scheme to pay for nine life saving defibrillator machines in the centre of Windsor is well on the way to achieving its target.

The Windsor Community Defrillator Partnership (WCDP) was set up this year, supported by the police, the Royal Borough, Windsor Lions and Windsor St George Rotary Club.

This week Lions' membership secretary Mike Sells revealed this week that £9,000 had been raised, enough to buy four of the nine machines. They will be publicly accessible 24 hours a day.

The four sites getting the defibrillators are Oxford Road East, Bachelors Acre, Goswell Hill and William Street.

Automatic external defibrillators (AEB's) are designed to allow non-medical members of the public to save lives if someone collapses in the street - and if used to give a life saving electric shock within three minutes give the victim a 70 per cent chance of survival.

Mr Sells said that the planned AEBs in the town centre were just the start.

He said: "We hope to spread out to other areas too."

Anyone who would like to sponsor an AEB or donate towards one can do so by contacting the Lions on 0845 833 4749 or visiting www.windsorlions.co.uk Community Projects TAB.

Meanwhile the Lions have used their two day Windsor Great Park Horse Ride event at the weekend to promote their new 'message in a wallet' scheme - which follows the success of their earlier 'message in a bottle'.

The bottle scheme - paid for by Lions clubs - enabled users to put one of its green stickers inside their front door and their fridge door, having filled in a form with all their medical details which is kept inside the fridge. It has saved lives when people are taken ill at home.

The new 'wallet scheme' enables people at risk to provide the same details that can be kept on a card in their wallets in case of emergency.