A FUND set up in memory of a North Devon doctor will help local children. The first in an annual series of events was staged at the district hospital on Friday in memory of children s doctor Paul Lock. Memorial prizes were awarded to paediatric staff and

A FUND set up in memory of a North Devon doctor will help local children.The first in an annual series of events was staged at the district hospital on Friday in memory of children's doctor Paul Lock.Memorial prizes were awarded to paediatric staff and lectures delivered, in line with the aim of improving the care of children across North Devon in years to come.The events will be run annually to mark the life of Dr Lock, a junior doctor at the hospital and GP trainee, who died at the age of 29 in 1998.His parents, Chris and Gwen Lock, who set up the Paul Lock Memorial Fund, said: "We know he found his time in the paediatric unit especially fulfilling and felt it should be the main focus of this fund in his memory. It aims to sustain Paul's memory by the recognition of achievement and the promotion of professionalism, as well providing relevant funding support to paediatric activities which would not otherwise be available through NHS or other resources."Mr and Mrs Lock have been busy raising money for the fund, which is a registered charity as part of the North Devon Medical Research and Education Trust. Last summer, for example, Mr Lock raised £1,500 with a trek across Dartmoor.At Friday's inaugural event in the hospital's Medical Education Centre, Mr Lock handed out prizes to three paediatric staff for their project work above and beyond their everyday duties.There were also lectures on the vital issue of transferring babies from one hospital to another by specialists from Bristol.Award winners were:Staff Nurse Liz Mills, from the Special Care Baby Unit, for her work to strengthen the management of pain in newborn babies. She has produced new guidance for staff and information for parents, set up a special interest group and carried out research showing North Devon District Hospital unit to be best in the South West for managing pain.Staff Nurse Yvonne Chamings, also from SCBU, for her work on the care of new babies born to mothers who use drugs. She has produced new guidance for staff and mapped out the care for pregnant drugs users, as well as devising information for patients and working directly with drug users who are pregnant, so they can avoid problems.Dr Raghavendra Subba Rao, who took part in a national survey of all neonatal units on their use of polyethylene bags to keep premature babies warm, in line with guidance. The resultant study has been presented at a national conference and is expected to be published in a national medical journal.