The cadets at Ilfracombe St John Ambulance now have £4,000 of first aid equipment to train on thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The unit has been presented with a wide array of equipment which includes CPR training manikins in adult and child sizes as well practice defibrillators and anatomy models.

Ilfracombe Tesco customers voted for St John to receive the top amount of £4,000 through the scheme, which is funded by the sale of carrier bags.

Sue Ayre, unit manager for the cadets, said the different types of defibrillator would be very useful as many different models were now in use, while the training manikins would also be shared with the Barnstaple unit for training sessions.

She said: "It's a huge bonus, there are some new items we have not had before and it is also replacing a lot of old worn our equipment."

Sue Whitworth of Ilfracombe Tesco added: "Part of the Tesco ethos is for the community and it is keen to support the community and work with them, which is why doing something like this is fantastic."

Ilfracombe St John Ambulance has around 10 cadets aged 10 to 18 as well as the Badgers section for ages seven to 10. It meets weekly at Trinity Rooms and anyone who wants to find out about joining can call Sue on 07980 182317.