Phone box given new lease of life

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A disused telephone box in Herne Bay High Street has been transformed into a life-saving defibrillator station.

The city council, which owns the phone box near to the library, has been working with resident Sally Devere and the Community Heartbeat Trust to transform it into a vital piece of equipment for local people.

The new defibrillator station in Herne Bay High Street

Sally was moved to get involved after reading about the sad case of a local man who died of a heart attack, but might have survived had a defibrillator been nearby.

The council has granted a lease for the box to the Trust and has spent £1,600 painting, reglazing and cleaning it. Sally, who runs Slimming World groups locally, raised the money to pay for the defibrillator and its installation through the members of her groups.

The defibrillator

The defibrillator station was officially opened by Heart FM DJ James Heming at an event last Saturday (24 November).

Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said: “Sally’s drive and determination to get this done has been inspirational. We would like to thank her and the Slimming World members in Herne Bay, Whitstable, Canterbury and Faversham for their work in raising the money for the defibrillator.

“The ability to save someone’s life is absolutely priceless and I am sure the whole community will join me in saying a massive well done to everyone involved in this.

“We were very pleased to support Sally’s efforts by carrying out the necessary improvements to the phone box and arranging the lease to the Community Heartbeat Trust.”

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