Zombies kickstart Calne fundraising campaign for heart op mum (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Zombies kickstart Calne fundraising campaign for heart op mum
A mass ‘zombie’ photoshoot helped breathe life into a fundraising campaign to send mum Lisa Matthews on a trip to America with her children before she has a heart transplant.
Mrs Matthews, 34, was born with a heart condition at Greenways Maternity Hospital, Chippenham, and had open heart surgery when she was three months old.
She now lives in Toothill, Swindon, and has a pacemaker, but her heart valves are failing and she will need a heart transplant, which could shorten her life span.
This weekend Chippenham photographer Rod Scarth, Mrs Matthew’s brother-in-law, staged the mass fundraising photoshoot. Around 50 zombies got into character at Quemerford Farm, near Calne, by crawling through the grass and posing for pictures.
Mrs Matthews was also there with her husband Daniel, who is her full-time carer.
Mr Scarth, of Ladyfield Road, said: “She’s going to have a heart transplant, but she’s trying to hold off as long as possible because the doctors have told her it will take ten years off her life. We want to send her to America to have a little bit of a holiday, and to have time with her children.”
Mrs Matthews, who has three boys and a girl aged four to 13, said: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe people would do that for someone they don’t know.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future so I want to make as many good memories for my children as possible.”
Her mum Susan Trowbridge, 53, who works at the Solo Hair Salon in Calne with her second daughter Natalie, 33, also hopes to hold fundraising events.
She said: “Lisa hates zombies, but Rod likes that type of stuff, he’s always been an unusual guy.
“She wants something for her children to remember her by if something goes wrong.
“She knew that if she had children she would become ill, but the children are her life – it’s all she ever wanted.
“If you looked at Lisa you won’t think there’s anything wrong with her, she doesn’t look ill. “We don’t molly-coddle her, we just help her to get on with life, she’s definitely a fighter.”
The next event will be a vampire photoshoot on Tuesday. For more information search for Rod Scarth Photography on Facebook or call (01249) 320221.
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