Article from Cornwall Live By Olivier Vergnault
Tributes to Penzance true gentleman who helped save countless lives
From local residents, neighbours and friends to parish councillors and even the Devon and Cornwall Police chief constable, tributes have poured in for a man who made it his life’s work to save others.
Having beaten prostate cancer between 2017 and 2019, Les Hosking has died tragically suddenly at home.
He was a long standing member of the Penzance-based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC), an organisation whose aim is to train communities to use defibrillators and get the life-saving machines installed in as many schools, neighbourhoods, buildings and public spaces in Cornwall and beyond as possible.
Les, with his wife of 52 years Margaret and their son Leon, along with charity co-founders Paul and Liz Williams, helped to make the RRMC public access defibrillator (PAD) programme the national and international multi-award-winning success that it is today.
Over the years the programme has seen more than 30,000 people, including 7,000 secondary school pupils, trained to perform CPR and use public access defibrillators, something it continues to do. The training and the PADs RRMC has provided have saved dozens of lives, from an eight-year-old girl to a 95-year-old woman.
Paul Williams, the charity’s co-founder and secretary, paid tribute to his long-time friend and a true gentleman.
Original article online at Cornwall Live by Olivier Vergnault – view here…
Many thanks for the many tributes and donations given in memory of RRMC Les Hosking tragic sad death. An absolute kind and big-hearted gentleman who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The following tributes pay homage to Les…
Robert Horton South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST)
Dear Paul and Liz,
I am so very sorry to hear of this tragic news. The loss of anyone is upsetting although the loss of someone so close and someone who has helped save so many other lives with their work, is particularly difficult.
It sounds like Leon’s actions gave the best possible chance to revert this situation and for that I am sure he will take some peace in the coming months, he should be very proud that he did what he could.
I send our thoughts to you both and to the Hosking family.
With warmest wishes
I am so sorry to hear the news that Les has died, how tragic for his family. I appreciate your contact at this time.
As you say both of your families came together and created the fantastic Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC), training so many young people and saving lives in the local community. Your pictures below remind me of the great day we celebrated when I met Les and we opened the new RRMC Pad at Penzance police station – which went onto save a life very soon after as you know.
Please give my heartfelt condolences to Les’ family.
If there is anything I can do to give support please let me know.
Bill Marshall / Headteacher – Humphry Davy School Penzance
Tragic news my friend
thank you for sharing.
It must be so difficult for you all at this time.
My heart goes out to you all but particularly Leon and his mum.
Please pass on my regards and best wishes
Les was a wonderful character and just a lovely bloke!
I will raise a glass to him tonight.
Please do let me know of any funeral arrangements and should it be appropriate then I would hope to attend.
Sad day 🙁
Mrs T Grainger
So, so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and Les’s family at this difficult time. If there is anything I can do to support, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Jerry Dawkins – President Penzance Lions Club
Very sorry to hear your sad news such a lovely man.
Our thoughts are with you all.
From Gill, Jerry and Penzance Lions Club
Jerry and Gill
Angel Louise Gartrall
Les was a doting husband to Margaret, father to Leon and his pup Buddy. Les was also the best friend to anyone who knew him. I was proud to have him as “my pappy”.
He was also the Secretary of St Buryan Preservation Society Ltd and also the Chairman of Penzance and St Ives Rifle and Pistol Club.
He will be sadly missed by so many people who I’m sure will have lovely memory’s with him.
We will never forget such a great man.
Les, until we meet again dear friend…Heaven receives a new treasure.
Paul & Liz Williams Co-Founders Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC)