NE Fife Phonebox Gets New Life to Save Life


An innovative initiative by villagers in the NE Fife village of Letham has seen a tired unused phonebox transformed into a key piece of lifesaving First Aid Equipment.

The phonebox in the centre of the rural village had rarely been used in the last 10 years and was falling into disrepair. Working with the Community Heartbeat charity, villagers and community groups raised over £2,500 to refurbish the box and install and maintain a publically accessible defibrillator.

In cases of cardiac arrest, speedy access to a defibrillator can increases the chances of survival by 40%.

Provost Jim Leishman MBE will formally open the Defibrillator at 9.45am, Saturday 12th December 2015. The Mary Leishman Foundation, set up in memory of his late wife, made a sizeable donation boosting the community fundraising effort.

David Hamilton, Chair of Monimail Community Council said, “This project really caught the imagination of villagers and community groups based in Letham. Hundreds of pounds of private donations, group donations and a series of fundraisers including a heart-themed childrens’ bake-off and sponsored massage have made this possible.

“Most of the refurbishment work has been carried out by volunteers and all of us in the village have a real sense of pride and ownership. Although no specialist training is required to use the defibrillator, the Community Council is arranging a CPR and basic first aid classes for locals in the New Year.”
The phonebox can be found at the following location


Defibrillator Appeal Update

wediditThe Defibrillator Appeal has smashed its target and has ensured that energy, insurance and maintenance costs are covered for many years to come. The fund has just passed the £3000 mark, helped massively by a £600 donation from the Mary Leishman fund.

Work will shortly begin on the coversion and renovation of the phone box that will house the cabinet. We are also going to arrange CPR and lifesaving classes that use the defibrillator. If you can spare a couple of hours one night to learn these literally life savings skills, please come along. Why not register your interest  by  Contacting us and clicking here

The Great Letham (Childrens) Bake Off 

Well done to all involved in the Great Letham Childrens Bake Off.

Visitors were treated to an afternoon tea and home baking with Tombola and Raffle etc.

The highlights of course we’re the kids who had baked for the event in hope of winning a “coveted” certificate and playground bragging rights.
All the cakes were themed around hearts and the new defibrillator that is being installed in the old phonebox.

Congratulations to our winners;

Rory Hamilton (under 5s)

Caitlin Kirk (6-8s)

Megan Barron (9-12s)

All proceeds raised go to the Defibrillator appeal.


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Massaging the figures

Residents of all ages benefited form a massage at Letham Village Hall yesterday (Sunday 3rd May) as part of the fundraising campaign to raise funds for the community defibrillator.

Marie Lamont, a local  Shiatsu Practitioner and a colleague were releiving tensions with a 15 minute massage for charity. The event raised a fantastic £220 for fund.

Maries website can be found at

Fundraising Massage


SUNDAY 3rd MAY 11am – 4 pm

Marie Lamont MRSS Member Professional Register Shiatsu Society UK is a local Shiatsu Practitioner with 23 years experience of Shiatsu Acupressure Massage.

She is offering to help the Defibrillator Appeal by giving 15 min Head, Neck & Shoulder Acupressure Massage

(This form of massage is carried out with clothes on)


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