A red phone box is to play a vital role in a village community once more after being ﬁtted with a lifesaving deﬁbrillator.
The phone box, in Ashwell, is the 2,000th in the country to be adopted from BT by a local parish council.
The deﬁbrillator located inside the box has been paid for by BT and supplied by the Community Heartbeat Trust.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the deﬁbrillator is locked inside a cabinet which can be opened during an emergency with a combination code available by calling 999.
The machine provides spoken step-by-step instructions, analysing the victim to determine if they are suffering from a heart attack and delivering a powerful, but controlled electric shock to restore normal heartbeat if required.
David Thwaites, vice chairman of Ashwell Parish Council, said: “This is such an attractive village and this historic old red kiosk is very much a feature of the street landscape.
“We are most appreciative of BT’s generous offer to fund the deﬁbrillator.
“We do get a lot of visitors to Ashwell every year and the kiosk really could help save lives of residents and visitors in the future.”
Martin Fagan, secretary of the Community HeartbeatTrust, said: “We are delighted that Ashwell has had a deﬁbrillator installed.
“We have worked closely with the village andBT’s support is greatly appreciated.”
Defibrillators available to the community have also been placed in other parts of the area, including Uppingam. A campaign is also running to get one for Oakham.
A parliamentary debate is due to take place onMonday to discuss plans for deﬁbrillators to be placed in schools and public buildings.