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Would you like to adopt an iconic red phonebox for £1?

Would you like to adopt an iconic red phonebox for £1?

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

WOULD you like to adopt an iconic red phonebox for £1?

BT is encouraging community groups across the North West to seize the opportunity to do something wonderful with their iconic red phone boxes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Communities have been thinking innovatively to transform red phone boxes for good, from community food stores to illuminating the red kiosks blue as a tribute to the NHS. Already, more than 6,000 phone boxes have been adopted by communities since BT set up its ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme in 2008.

BT is encouraging community groups to seize the opportunity to do something wonderful with phone boxes that have little or no usage. Some 224 traditional red boxes are currently available for adoption in the North West region, for just £1 each, and BT will also consider adoption requests to house defibrillators in more modern boxes.

They will continue to provide electricity (if already in place) to power the light for adopted phone boxes, free of charge. Where electricity is available, adopted boxes can be used as housings for defibrillators – an increasingly popular and potentially life-saving conversion.

Most people now have a mobile phone and calls made from public telephones have fallen by around 90% in the past decade. For further details on how to apply to Adopt a Kiosk, simply go to www.bt.com/adopt

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