Inheritance money to save lives on seafront

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:34 18 July 2016

Paul Reeves holding the defibrillatorr with wife Barbara (left) and Devon County Councilor Eileen Wragg (right)

Paul Reeves holding the defibrillatorr with wife Barbara (left) and Devon County Councilor Eileen Wragg (right)


A Littleham woman has donated life-saving equipment to Exmouth Pavilion in memory of her parents, who met at a dance at the venue in 1946.

Barbara and Paul Reeves, aged 53 and 42, from Midway, Littleham, used £1,500 of Barbara’s inheritance to buy a defibrillator for the pavilion to use.

The couple wanted to help the pavilion and the town by commemorating Reg and Vera Tanner, who had spent a lot of time at the seafront attraction before they died in 2013.

Barbara said: “It has a lot of memories and it is a lovely place. We just wanted to give something back to Exmouth. I think it is doing a lot of good with my mum’s money.”

Paul Reeves was born with cerebral palsy and is registered blind, while Barbara has mobility problems and also suffers sight problems.

The couple was influenced to buy the defibrillator after seeing Mike Passant, of Jarvis Close, Littleham, raise £2,300 to place similar equipment at The Strand.

Barbara said: “We thought what a good idea it was and that Exmouth beach could do with one.”

Jannette Cass, the manager at the pavilion, believes the equipment is good news for visitors to Exmouth.

She said: “It is a fantastic piece of equipment for us to have. I hope we will never have to use it.”

Eileen Wragg, a Devon county councillor and an East Devon councillor, has praised the donation.

She said: “I think it’s a lovely, generous and thoughtful gesture. I am sure it will be beneficial to future Pavilion users.”

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