A CORNISH football team's Christmas fundraiser has raised enough money to purchase life-saving equipment for the local community. 

Falmouth United held its annual Christmas Raffle raising over £1,100 to purchase a life-saving defibrillator for Penryn College and the local community.

Falmouth United, who play their home games at Penryn College all weather pitch, are a sports partner of the college.

Club Chairman, Chris Wood said: "With the amount of people using the sports facilities at the college and the surrounding clubs, we thought it was important to be as prepared for a worse-case scenario situation as possible. Its a great piece of equipment that we hope we never have to use."

Falmouth United's raffle was a huge success and Ryan Kitchener, who organised this, was instrumental in selling tickets and getting some fantastic prizes. Penryn College contributed towards the cabinet for the defibrillator in support of Falmouth United and the community.

After finishing runners-up in the Cornwall FA Grassroots Club of the year award, Falmouth United are looking forward to celebrating their 30th anniversary in June this year.

The club started in 1994 with 20 budding footballers, fast forward 30 years, they now have 300 players spread through 18 teams from under sixes through to under 15, including their two newly formed under 12 and under 14 girls teams that play in the Cornwall Youth League as well as an adult team that compete in the Kernow Stone St Piran League.