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A living memorial to canoe club's stalwart

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

  • Penwith Watersports Centre. Penzance canoe club gets a Defibrillator from the Ronnie Richards memorial Charity. LR Liz Williams (RRMC), Dan Tolchard (Pz C.C.), Graham Bristow (Penwith College/Pz C.C.), Tony Brant (Pz C.C.), Kate Tolchard (Pz C.C.), James Uren (Pz C.C.) and Paul Williams (RRMC). PZPM20131121B-002_C.jpg

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A GENEROUS donation in memory of a Penzance canoeist has seen yet another location take delivery of equipment that could save a life.

A public access defibrillator (PAD) has been sited at the Watersports Centre on Albert Pier in Penzance.

The installation was arranged by Penzance Canoe Club and paid for by the family of club member Christopher Prescott, who died of cancer in December 2012 aged 38.

Club member Dan Tolchard said: "Chris wanted to leave something for others and he'd be delighted to think that he could be partly responsible for helping protect and save lives at his canoe club."

The memorial plaque on the PAD cabinet reads: "Donated by and in memory of Chris Prescott, a paddler who helped others," and Mr Tolchard said: "This was so true of Chris, who was always quick to help others – running courses, lifting boats or supporting with paddling skills on the water.

"Chris was one of those people who was always just there, a regular, loyal friend to many. His unique gift to the club is so appropriate and has allowed him to continue being there to help others in need."

The equipment will now form part of an ever-expanding network of PADs put in place around west Cornwall and beyond by The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign.

At the beginning of the year this newspaper announced it would be working alongside the Penzance-based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) to secure 100 defibrillators, which can be used to save the life of a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), and see 500 people trained to use them.

RRMC secretary Paul Williams said: "It's a wonderful tribute to a warm-natured person who was, and is still, there for people. The essential lifesaving equipment covers educational establishments which make use of the facilities at the Watersports Centre.

"We're touched by the generosity of people who have donated money in memory of loved ones for equipment to save other people's lives.

"I can't think of a more warm-hearted gesture."

Anyone wanting to donate money towards essential lifesaving PAD equipment in memory of a loved one should visit the charity's website at www.rrmc.webs.com or e-mail jcarr@c-dm.co.uk or call Mr Williams on 01736 360864 or 07581 188043.

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