Monday, 30 November 2020

Old phone box could become lifesaver

AN old phone box could be used to store life-saving equipment.

AN old phone box could be used to store life-saving equipment.

Sonning Parish Council wants to install a defibrillator in the defunct red kiosk in Pearson Road.

It has applied to Wokingham Borough Council for planning permission because the former BT box has listed building status.

If the plan is approved, three white stickers would be placed on the outside of the kiosk informing the public about the semi-automatic device, which would be kept in a cabinet inside.

Sonning Fire Brigade Trust has provided a donation of £2,500, which will pay for the defibrillator, installation, cabinet and other essential items.

The parish council has already bought the phone box from BT and the company has agreed to pay for the electricity for seven years.

The idea is the brainchild of former councillor Vicky Reeves, 37, a former theatre nurse who lives in Pearson Road. Ms Reeves, a mother-of-two, and Councillor Alex Evans are both trained in using the device and would each act as caretakers.

Parish clerk Lesley Bates said: “Everyone seems to think this is worthwhile.”

Meanwhile, seven members of Abbey Ladies’ Rugby Club in Emmer Green have posed half-naked for a calendar to raise money for a defibrillator.

The Boobs for Beats campaign was started by Clare Hooper, 25, girlfriend of coach Jeremy Knights, after two players in the men’s team collapsed with sudden arrhythmia death syndrome.

The club hopes to have all coaches, captains and staff over the age of 16 trained to use the defibrillator.

The calendar costs £10 and can be ordered by emailing

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