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Defibrillator initiative has a ring to it

PUBLISHED: 12:45 08 October 2015

Parish councillor Edwina Galloway (left) and Kayleigh Button with the defibrillator in the red phonebox in Kelsale-cum-Carlton

Parish councillor Edwina Galloway (left) and Kayleigh Button with the defibrillator in the red phonebox in Kelsale-cum-Carlton

It may not serve its original purpose, but a village's newest asset could one day answer the call to save lives.

Aptly located in the heart of Kelsale-cum-Carlton, near Saxmundham, the refurbished phone box contains a potentially lifesaving defibrillator.

The idea was devised by Kayliegh Button and parish councillor Edwina Galloway, who led the project, finding a suitable site and arranging installation.

The £2,000 defibrillator was donated by the East of England Co-op, while Suffolk Coastal provided a grant thanks to former councillors, Marian Andrews and Sir Peter Batho. Other businesses and organisation to help out included X2 Connect, UK Power Networks, BT, The Community Heartbeat Trust, and Pearce & Kemp, while almost £1,000 was raised by local residents.

With further sponsorship by the Co-op, information sessions by Jon Needles of the ambulance service are being held to raise awareness about the defibrillator. The next is for local residents, on October 15, at 7pm in the village hall.

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