It’s getting crowded in village phone box

The new defibrillator installed at Little Hale phone box, from left - Peter Freeman, Coun Nicki Rooke, Martin Fagan, Secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, cutting the ribbon, and Councillors Jo Needham, Paul Ireland, Dave Cox and Paul Pocklington. EMN-150705-133003001
The new defibrillator installed at Little Hale phone box, from left - Peter Freeman, Coun Nicki Rooke, Martin Fagan, Secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, cutting the ribbon, and Councillors Jo Needham, Paul Ireland, Dave Cox and Paul Pocklington. EMN-150705-133003001

Little Hale Parish Council has installed a public access defibrillator in the old phone box on the Main Road. It is believed to be the first combined ‘Book Swap’ and defibrillator arrangement to be housed in a traditional red telephone kiosk.

Sponsored by the Margaret Brown Trust and with help from Great Hale and Little Hale Churches and local charities, the project was given a kickstart by the successful Hot Pot Lunch organised by councillors and friends in January. Help has also been received from Witham Oil and Paint Ltd and Johnstone’s Decorating Centre.

The combined facility was officially opened on April 29 prior to an awareness session by the Community Heartbeat Trust attended by 36 villagers, giving an insight into the workings of the heart which involved high speed Mexican waves around the room to illustrate. Everyone left feeling more confident about what to do if they find someone having a heart attack.

Pictured from left - Peter Freeman, Coun Nicki Rooke, Martin Fagan, secretary of the Community Heartbeat Trust, cutting the ribbon, and councillors Jo Needham, Paul Ireland, Dave Cox and Paul Pocklington.