Defibrillator donated in memory of 18-year-old

A lifesaving device has been donated to a Norfolk school in memory of a former student.

Paul Pottle and his family raised money for the new defibrillator at Drayton Community Infant School following the sudden death of his son earlier in the year.

Eighteen-year-old Thomas Pottle, an apprentice at Ben Burgess in Norwich, collapsed whilst at work in January and went into cardiac arrest. Despite the best efforts of ambulance, air ambulance, and hospital staff, he sadly passed away.

On Tuesday (10th October) Paul and Andrew Barlow, Norfolk Community Collaboration Manager for EEAST attended an assembly at the infant school to talk about the defibrillator donation.

Paul said that there were also plans for a community public accessible defibrillator to be installed outside the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich. He added that all of Thomas’ former schools already had defibrillators.

“We did not know anything about defibrillators until this happened and we were thrown into this world. They are becoming more and more prominent, but we need to make people more aware.

“It has given us something to focus on and it has been painful at times, but we wanted to give something back for the children and for the community. If it is used once and saves a life, then it has done its job.”

Published 13th October, 2017


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