Leslie’s school legacy is a lifesaver

St Peter's CE Primary School pupils St Peter's CE Primary School pupils

Thursday, December 19, 2013
11:27 AM

The friends and family of a ‘kind and gentle’ Exmouth man who died of heart disease have gifted his old school a £1,500 defibrillator so pupils can save a life.

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Leslie Browring, of Trinfield Avenue, Exmouth, died in June – and yesterday would have been his 81st birthday.

Both Les and his brother, Len, were pupils at St Peter’s School in Budleigh during World War Two.

Now his wife Molly and their two daughters and grandchildren have given more than £1,000.

And together with £450 of donations collected at Leslie’s funeral, it has paid for the life-saving machine.

Defibrillators can be used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a heart attack.

And charity Hand on Heart has trained up a class of eight- and nine-year-old pupils and staff on how to use it.

Mrs Molly Browring said: “We thought how best could we remember Leslie?

“He had his first heart attack aged 54, and was told he would not last the night.

“He died aged 80, so he didn’t do too badly.

“His sister and two brothers all died of heart disease before they were 60.

“Now if someone walks past the school and falls ill, the children can help them.

“And even if they save just one life, it would have been worth it.”

She thanked the generosity of Leslie’s friends who also donated and added: “He was a kind and gentle man.

“We just feel happy he will be remembered for something good.”

David Perkins, the deputy headteacher, said: “This is a fantastic gift for the school and for the people living nearby and I, for one, feel reassured that this lifesaving device can be used while the ambulance is coming and that it could mean the difference between life and death.”

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