Brompton-by-Sawdon’s red telephone box is now providing a new life-saving service for local residents with the installation of a community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD).
Following decommission by BT, the Village Hall Committee saw the opportunity to give the red telephone box a new lease of life and took ownership of it from the Parish Council. Coupled with generous help from volunteers and local business WKF, the phone box has been completely refurbished to house a cPAD.
The official launch of the cPAD in the village took place on Saturday 4 April 2015 when the Chairman of Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust, Ms Della M Cannings QPM, cut a ribbon across the door of the telephone box located outside the Village Hall.
Funds to purchase the defibrillator have been donated to the village by the George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT).
The cPAD will be provided and maintained by the Community Heartbeat Trust. In the event of an emergency, the 999 emergency ambulance call handler will advise villagers on when and how to use it.