Mother’s art to help diseased heart cause

FUND-RAISING: Carol Wright with one of her heart cell embroideries. 44165602.

MEMORY: Susan Edwards.

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CAROL Wright, the mother of a nurse who died in Mozambique has joined forces with Ledbury Rotary to raise funds for an international heart disease charity.

Jan Long, spokesman for the club said: “For Rotary to work in collaboration with other charities is quite unusual.

“But Carol gave a talk to our club and we were so impressed by what she is doing. It is wonderful.”

Carol Wright’s daughter, Susan, died in a coach accident in 2007, when she was returning home after working at the Heart Institute in Maputo. She was 32 and nursing colleagues Helen Golder and Liz Wilson died with her.

In memory of her daughter, Mrs Wright, of Ledbury Park, has already made and given unusual embroidered images of diseased heart cells to the African hospital, where wards have been named after the three nurses.

But now she had produced two more works, one for the internationally renowned heart surgeon, Sir Magdi Yacoub, the charity’s patron, and another for a Chain of Hope fund-raising auction, to be held at a ball in London on November 8.

Mrs Wright, a keen embroidery artist, gained the idea of embroidering diseased heart cells after seeing the cells under high magnification at the Mozambique Hospital and, instead of being repulsed, saw beauty.

Mrs Wright has returned with a wish to help provide equipment by fundraising for Chain of Hope, which supports the hospital’s work.

She said: “I’ve no idea how much I hope to raise.

But they really need equipment for the intensive care unit.

“I am just so grateful to Ledbury Rotary for working alongside me and giving me this support.”

Ledbury Rotary started street collections last week and held a tea and coffee morning in the home of a Ledbury Rotary Club member.

The fund-raising has already put £500 into the Chain of Hope coffers, and further fund-raising will include a fashion show and sponsored walk at Ledbury Rugby Club in April, 2013.

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