Defibrillator and phone box refurbishment in East Budleigh 29/06/2022

East Budleigh with Bicton Parish Council has restored a phone kiosk and installed a life-saving public access defibrillator to help the community of Yettington

East Budleigh with Bicton Parish Council has restored the phone box that sits in the centre of Yettington, East Budleigh and installed a defibrillator.  The phone box had fallen into disrepair over several years and become very unsightly.

Judith Venning, the Parish Clerk said “Sam Storey of Millin Metalcrafts who lives in Yettington, has done a wonderful job of repainting and restoring the box, which now houses a defibrillator, purchased with a generous donation to the Parish Council from Lord Clinton’s Trust.”

The defibrillator will be available to residents of Yettington and visitors alike and will be checked regularly by the Parish Clerk. The nearby Yettington Hall has also been restored, so the availability of a defibrillator nearby will give greater reassurance to users of the Hall.

Local resident Mel Ferrers said “What a fantastic use of an otherwise disused and generally run-down phone box. Thankyou to everyone who helped to make this happen.”

Making a start on the project!

Undercoat nearly finished!

Shiny new phone box with defibrillator!

For more information

A number of Devon’s councils have used BT’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme to adopt a K6 phone box for a huge range of different projects including Brixham’s Telebug Hotels and Kingsbridge’s smallest nightclub. Defibrillators are a popular use for phoneboxes as the kiosk provides perfect housing for this lifesaving equipment. The British Heart Foundation has some information on public access defibrillators and how they can benefit a community.

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Thank you so much to East Budleigh with Bicton Parish Council for sharing this story, we’re delighted to hear about your new defibrillator which is a fantastic way of restoring a run-down asset and providing reassurance to nearby residents. We love to hear stories from our members, so if you have a project that you’re proud of please tell us about it!