A ‘FITTING tribute’ was made to a doctor with the unveiling of a defibrillator.
The family and friends of Dr Ronak Patel packed out the Fighting Cocks pub, in Gosport, to see the life-saving equipment handed over to a team of community first responders.
As of today, that defibrillator is ready and available for public use.Chris Newbrook
And it means that the one currently used by the community responders can now be put on the wall at the Gosport ferry.
It will become a ‘public access defibrillator’.
Led by Chris Newbrook, a fundraising effort saw £1,000 donated for the defibrillator along with a plaque with Dr Patel’s name.
It took just two weeks to raise the cash needed.
Chris, who knew Dr Patel from their time at Brune Park School, said it was great to see the defibrillator handed over.
‘As of today, that defibrillator is ready and available for public use.
‘The community responders will use it as part of their everyday kit.
‘That is why we wanted to give it to them so it is on the front line.’
Chris, from Gosport, added: ‘Thanks to this donation, we have given an extra defibrillator to the public.’
As reported in The News, Dr Patel died in a car crash in Norfolk. He grew up in Gosport but moved to Norfolk for his job as a trainee anaesthetist.
After his death, his friends wanted to pay tribute to him and thought a defibrillator was the best way.
‘Ronnie can carry on saving lives thanks to the machine,’ Chris said.
Dr Patel’s parents Mina and Pat said they were grateful to Ronak’s friends.
‘We want to thank them for everything they have done,’ said Mrs Patel.
‘We are so grateful to all of them, especially Chris.’
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage went along to the unveiling. She has been urging groups in Gosport to get more defibrillators in the town.
Speaking at the event, she said: ‘Ronak’s profession was saving lives and I don’t think you could have chosen a more fitting tribute.
‘So much love has gone into this.
‘I just want to say a massive thank you to you all here. It is a testament to him to have so many friends here today and raising money.’