Weʼve raised £6,391 to get a Public Access Defibrillator in Upminster & Cranham Wards in memory of Cllr Clarence Barrett
- Funded on Sunday, 8th September 2019
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Councillor Clarence Barrett, our Dad, tirelessly devoted his time and energy to the wider community through his work as a councillor, colleague, friend and family man. He did so much to help others and he achieved so much. He abseiled, skydived and ran marathons for numerous charities, as well as performing above and beyond his duty as a councillor. He was a kind, caring and selfless man in everything he did.
Our Dad went into a cardiac arrest in Havering Town Hall on the 15th February. We are so thankful that immediately after our Dad collapsed, four members of staff at the Town Hall were able to perform effective CPR and to use a Defibrillator on him, meaning that after a remarkable 56 minutes he was able to regain consciousness briefly. The Ambulance crew consequently took him to St Bart’s Hospital where he spent two weeks fighting. Our Dad was so strong and fought so hard, however, exactly two weeks after collapsing Clarence sadly passed away.
Although our Dad did not make it back home, we are still so grateful. He received outstanding care and treatment from the medical team at Bart’s and from the Ambulance service on the day, but without the quick reactions and invaluable efforts of the Havering Staff who worked to save his life none of that would have been possible. Their efforts enabled us, his friends and family, to spend precious time with him before he passed away, which we would otherwise not have had.
The tragic circumstances around our Dad’s death have impressed upon us the importance of having quick and easy access to Defibrillators in public areas in a time of crisis. We feel everyone should have access to a Defibrillator given that it is able to perform such vital work. In our case it gave us valuable time with our Dad, and for others it has saved their lives. We know that Dad would be passionate about raising money for this cause, and so, we will be using this Just Giving page to get Public Access Defibrillators in the Upminster and Cranham wards in memory of our Dad, Councillor Clarence Barrett. This will be done in various ways, by his Friends and Family. Any Donation is appreciated.
And yes, we are very sure our Dad would be proud of us right now, following in his footsteps by doing something practical to help the local community and setting up this Just Giving Page!
- 5 years ago
c barrett5 years ago
We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and money raised, exceeding our target already in less than two days. The donations, comments and shares have been so touching to see. This shows just how much Clarence meant to people and how he has touched so many peoples lives. So, we have decided that any additional donations made will be put towards an additional Defibrillator in memory of Clarence, within Havering.
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Aug 24, 2019
Clarence you were always a caring boy.So it was no surprise to me to watch you from afar grow to be a caring man.God Bless You.
Jul 17, 2019
Jun 29, 2019
In memory of Cllr Barrett.
Jun 25, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Jack Morgan & Family
May 24, 2019
In memory of Clarence.
Cranham Baptist Church
May 22, 2019
Cranham Baptist Church began raising money for a defibrillator in the community and it is our pleasure to add our efforts to yours for such a worthy cause! We look forward to seeing one nearby!
Lily and Rob
Apr 28, 2019
With our best thoughts for you, from your long term neighbour at number 16, Lily (and her son Rob).
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