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It took just $1 a week to buy Cromwell’s newest automated external defibrillator (AED).

The life-saving device was bought as part of Design Windows Central Otago’s latest charity fund, an initiative to help groups and charities within the community.

Staff put $1 a week into the fund and managing director John Hancock matched it dollar for dollar.

Operations and health and safety administrator for Central Otago Kim Richards said it was decided, as a group, every year or two years, where the money would go.

“This year we have purchased an AED for the factory and for public use,” she said.

Money was also given to St John Cromwell, The Hut/CromYouth Centre and the community patrol.

Of the money raised, $2500 went towards the AED and each group received $750.

“We try to keep it in the community,” Ms Richards said.