Local MP Philip Dunne recently visited the phone box at Stanton Long in South Shropshire to see how an enterprising parish council has made a major contribution to improving health outcomes for local residents by securing lottery funding to install four defibrillators across the parish.
In addition to placing defibrillators at Brockton School and Shipton Village Hall, two redundant phone boxes at Stanton Long and Easthope have been transformed to house defibrillators with support from Heartstart Midlands and BT.
Mr Dunne said: “This imaginative initiative has found a new purpose for abandoned phone boxes which may provide lifesaving help for local residents should any require CPR and/or a defibrillator.
This is a great way to re-purpose redundant phone boxes especially in remote rural areas where it may take extra precious time for ambulance or first responder access.
This was made possible by a £6,500 award from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme allowing four defibrillators to be provided and some imaginative support from BT for the continued re-purposing of public phone boxes.
I congratulate the Easthope, Shipton and Stanton Long Parish Council for taking this initiative to support local residents in the Corvedale. The impact can be judged immediately from the fact that 50 local residents attended the initial CPR course to learn how to use the defibrillators, a very encouraging response.”
Photo: Philip Dunne MP at the new Defibrillator Box in Stanton Long former Parish Council chairs Mike Bellshaw (centre) and Jonathan Taylor (left)