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Box clever: Many red telephone boxes have been turned into units to hold defibrillators

Box clever: Many red telephone boxes have been turned into units to hold defibrillators

Box clever: Many red telephone boxes have been turned into units to hold defibrillators

Box clever: Many red telephone boxes have been turned into units to hold defibrillators

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Box clever: Many red telephone boxes have been turned into units to hold defibrillators

Communities across Northern Ireland are being urged to adopt an iconic red phone box for as little as £1 and put it to potentially life-saving use.

BT has revealed that there are 169 of them across the region that are up for grabs.

It is part of an initiative encouraging local communities to take advantage of a scheme to help transform them.

Redundant phone boxes, once a lifeline of communication before the arrival of mobile phone networks, have been transformed into everything from defibrillator units and mini history museums to art galleries and book exchanges.

BT will also consider adoption requests to house defibrillators in modern glass phone boxes, a potentially life-saving conversion.

Paul Murnaghan, regional director for BT's Enterprise business in Northern Ireland, said: "The 'Adopt a Kiosk' scheme makes it possible for local communities in Northern Ireland to retain their local phone box, with a refreshed purpose for the community."

The Community Heartbeat Trust charity is working with BT and local communities across the UK to install lifesaving defibrillators in local kiosks.

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Meanwhile, as part of plans to modernise payphones, over 400 across towns and cities have also been upgraded by BT to digital units, called Street Hubs, offering free ultrafast public Wi-Fi, free UK phone calls, USB device charging and more.

Communities can adopt a kiosk if they are a recognised public body.

Boxes can also be adopted by registered charities or by individuals who have a payphone on their own land.


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