Defib tribute from Hunstanton man’s family

Presentation of the defibrillator, Sean's niece Olivia Sands (9) and his daughter Emily Sands (14) hold the Defibrillator Unit while family members and Hunstanton & District Round Table representatives look on. MLNF15EB09380 ANL-150209-134735001
Presentation of the defibrillator, Sean's niece Olivia Sands (9) and his daughter Emily Sands (14) hold the Defibrillator Unit while family members and Hunstanton & District Round Table representatives look on. MLNF15EB09380 ANL-150209-134735001
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How to commemorate the life of Sean Sands was the subject of a meeting held by Hunstanton and District Round Table on Tuesday.

Mr Sands was a local water sports enthusiast who lost his life in March in a kitesurfing accident, and his family were present to present the club with a defibrillator be be installed on the wall at Hunstanton Sailing Club, where the meeting was held.

Round Table chairman Ed Napolitano said: “The Round Table is proud to be associated with the installation of the defibrillator that will be available to anyone who needs it in the future; we want this to be Sean’s legacy.”

He added: “Sean was an active supporter of the Table’s Christmas Swim, in fact he was part of the winning Tetris Team from last year’s swim, and we want to honour his memory by donating some of the money raised at the swim this Christmas to the RNLI and the Air Ambulance.”

Sean’s father Ivan Sands said: “This means a lot to us as a family, and we hope that it will help other families in the future.”

Hunstanton SC is providing the electricity to keep the defibrillator at a constant temperature and John Matthews from the club said: “Thanks to everyone who chipped in and to Round Table for more than doubling the funds to enable the installation of this unit that will be available to the whole community.”

At this special event five new members were inducted into the organisation. Past Table member and president Paul Searle said: “We have had a great gang at Table over the last 10 or 12 years, but age catches up with all of us and it is important to bring in new blood so it is wonderful to bring in five new members following our membership drive.”

Sponsorship forms and information about the 2015 swim can now be found at: http://www.hunstantonroundtable.com/xmas-swim.html