Memorial to North Devon doctor helps children

A FUND set up in memory of a young North Devon doctor to help local children has received a �2,000 boost from the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club.

Chris and Gwen Lock set up the Paul Lock Memorial Fund as a family charity following the death of their son Paul, a junior doctor at the North Devon District Hospital and GP trainee, who died at the age of 29.

Operating within the North Devon Medical Research and Education Trust, it makes annual awards to staff considered to have gone beyond their normal duties to enhance the care of children in North Devon. It also awards memorial prizes to paediatric staff and for lectures delivered, with the aim of improving the future care of children across North Devon.

The work and inspiration the fund generates has been recognised by the president of Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, Keith Rogers, through personal experience.

He said: “The fund aims to sustain Paul’s memory by the recognition of achievement and the promotion of professionalism, as well as to provide relevant funding support to paediatric activities where it would not otherwise be available through NHS or other resources.”

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Mr Rogers made the cheque presentation to Mr Lock at a special evening at the Barnstaple Hotel.

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