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Former Hawstead telephone box now houses life-saving defibrillator




A defunct telephone box in Hawstead could now save lives, after it was re-purposed by the parish council.

The Pinford End box no longer houses a payphone, but an operational defribrillator which could save a life of someone in cardiac arrest.

Parish councillor Henry Brewis said BT had offered the telephone box to the parish for £1 – with the offer snapped up.

A red telephone box in Hawstead has ben converted into house defibrillator..Pictured: Ethel Lebbon (resident), Lucy Brewis (resident), County Cllr Karen Soons, Parish Cllr Henry Brewis, Clive Robinson (Resident) and John West (Chairman of Parish Cllr)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (21938949)
A red telephone box in Hawstead has ben converted into house defibrillator..Pictured: Ethel Lebbon (resident), Lucy Brewis (resident), County Cllr Karen Soons, Parish Cllr Henry Brewis, Clive Robinson (Resident) and John West (Chairman of Parish Cllr)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (21938949)

“Everybody thought it would be nice to keep the phone box here. I’d seen other villages had used them for defibrillators, so we decided it was a good idea,” said Cllr Brewis.

Funding and support from district councillor Mike Chester helped to make the idea a reality.

County councillor Karen Soons said: “The telephone box is part of our social history so it would be a huge shame to lose it. It has found a phenomenal new use – I’m delighted for the village.”


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