Family of heart attack victim call for artistic charity help
The family of a businessman who claimed the quick-thinking actions of hospital staff saved his life are encouraging local artists to come forward to help with a unique charity event.
Mike Wells, owner of AJ Joinery in Cockfield, suffered a heart attack last February and was treated by staff at West Suffolk Hospital before undergoing an operation at Papworth Hospital.
His family have praised the staff at both facilities with Mike also paying tribute to the cardiac rehabilitation team at the Bury St Edmunds hospital.
He now wants to raise money for the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department by donating 12 room screens which he is hoping will be uniquely painted by local artists.
They will then be auctioned off in support of the hospital’s My WiSH Charity at the family-owned HaGA lifestyle furniture store and newly-opened HaGA Hounds in Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.
Recalling the incident, Mike, 71, said: “I was going to go to the doctors as I felt a bit funny. But as I was driving it got worse so I went to West Suffolk Hospital where I was told I was having a heart attack.
“Within minutes, they were looking after me before sending me to Papworth Hospital. I couldn’t have asked for any more at that time and then the rehab which followed.”
His daughter Sarah added: “We all think that without the quick actions of staff at West Suffolk Hospital, my Dad wouldn’t still be here.”
Sue Smith, fundraising manager at My WiSH Charity, has joined forces with the family in calling for artists to come forward and support the hospital fundraiser.
Sue said: “Ideally, we are looking for 12 local artists to come forward and paint and design the screens kindly donated by Mike and the team at AJ Joinery.
“They would then be exhibited at HaGA, owned by Mike’s daughter, before being auctioned off in support of the hospital’s fantastic cardiology department.
“We are indebted to Mike and his family for thinking of supporting My WiSH Charity and the hospital in this wonderful way.”
The curved screens are around five-and-a-half feet high and just over three feet wide and can be painted in any way deemed suitable, with the family hoping to attract schools, businesses and artists of all ages and abilities.
For more information, contact either HaGA on 01284 277771 or AJ Joinery on 01284 828184.