Share

Broken cloud

Wed

°C | 15°C

Broken cloud

Thu

23°C | 15°C

Moderate showers

Fri

22°C | 13°C

Home   Malling   News   Article

Defibrillator installed in phone box in West Malling courtesy of Malling Lions

09 August 2014
by Anna Young

A lifeline has been connected in the heart of a community.

An iconic red phone box in West Malling’s High Street was due to be scrapped but a charity group saw its potential as the ideal place to fit a lifesaving device.
 
Now members of the Malling Lions have unveiled the defibrillator they funded and installed inside the former telephone kiosk.
 
 Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Sasha Luck, and president of the Malling Lions Mike Howes, at the opening of a defibrillator

Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Sasha Luck, and president of the Malling Lions Mike Howes, at the opening of a defibrillator

 
Richard Broomfield, from the organisation, said: “We’re really pleased we’ve been able to provide this piece of equipment which could potentially save someone’s life.
 
"We hope people respect the defibrillator as any of us might need it one day.
 
“This Lions project will not only provide West Malling with a lifesaving function but will help continue the legacy of the listed red K kiosk – a series which has been operational since the 1930s.”
 
If someone calls 999 in an emergency, they will be given a code to open the lockable steel box where the system is kept.
 
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the phone box in West Malling

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the phone box in West Malling

 
Once the electrode pads are attached to the casualty, the defibrillator will identify if a shock is needed and will instruct the rescuer using step-by-step instructions.
 
No training is needed but traders have been shown how to operate the machine, provided by Community Heartbeat Trust, in case their help is needed.
 
Calls to the ambulance will need to be made from a mobile or landline as there is no longer a working phone in the red box - which has been given a fresh lick of paint using materials donated by the manufacturers, James Briggs of the British Coatings Federation.
 
Mr Broomfield said the theft of a defibrillator from the town’s cricket club, in Norman Road, last year, made them more determined to raise around £2,000 to pay for another.
 
BT will continue to fund the electricity at the High Street booth, outside Baldocks Ski Store, and the unit will be checked weekly.

Click here for more news from Malling.

Click here for more news from around the county.

Comments 

Forgotten Password?

Forgotten Username?

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments.
Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.