Trotton villagers get a lesson on saving a life

C120587-1 Mid Defib  phot kate         ''Alan Whitlock first aid training consultant, demonstrates first aid to residents of Rogate and Elsted as part of an initiative in which they are having a defibrillator machine installed in a phone box at Trotton.C120587-1
C120587-1 Mid Defib phot kate ''Alan Whitlock first aid training consultant, demonstrates first aid to residents of Rogate and Elsted as part of an initiative in which they are having a defibrillator machine installed in a phone box at Trotton.C120587-1

Villagers at Trotton have put their redundant telephone box to a new use after installing a state-of-the-art life-saving machine.

It was the brainchild of parish councillor Keith Tregunna – who proposed using the old BT phone box to house a defibrillator.

“We live in a rural area, where ambulance times are sometimes slower than we would like.

“With sudden cardiac arrests there is this five to ten-minute window and with a defibrillator in the village it could save lives.”

Trotton parish councillors were thrilled when they received £2,100 in lottery funding for the project and another £750 grant from Chichester District Council.

Together with donations from the Trotton Kneelers group, Ballards Brewery and a collection at the Hammerfield Farm Christmas lights display, they were able to buy the machine and restore electrical power to the Mill Lane phone box where it is now housed.

And with the equipment now installed they hired Elsted Village Hall where they were shown how the defibrillator works.

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer May 3