Southwater gets a new village lifesaver

Southwater responders with the new defibrillator
Southwater responders with the new defibrillator

An old phone box in Southwater is set to become a lifesaver after being converted into a defibrillator unit.

Members of Southwater Responders have been working with Southwater Parish Council and medical equipment supply company Trimbio on a year-long campaign to install more defibrillators around the village.

The campaign - dubbed Defibs-for-Southwater - has now seen units installed outside Southwater Country Park visitor centre, at Beeson House in Lintot Square and at Southwater Leisure Centre. And their proudest achievement of all is the renovation and conversion of the old phone box in Foxfield Cottages.

A small army of experts helped make it possible. As soon as a team from Coco’s Style heard about the project they launched a fundraiser to pay for the defibrillator and heated cabinet.

Meanwhile, Antony Deakin from Mark Antony Windows fixed the phone box windows; and Phil Beck, also from Mark Antony Windows, carried out further repairs.

Sarah Harding and Sarah Walker from Sarah Harding Decorators made the box look like new while Lewis Napper and Joe Seymour from Napper Electrical installed the cabinet and new light.

Debs Spraget from Coco’s was there to cut the ribbon and declare it open for business. Antony Deakin said he had enjoyed helping to restore a bit of Southwater history and Lewis Napper added that it was nice to do something for the community every now and then.

Southwater Responders will be providing defibrillator and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) awareness and familiarisation sessions for village residents so that, in an emergency, they are confident about how to use a defibrillator and provide basic life support until the arrival of paramedics.