How jewellery helped me get over a heart bypass

06:30 18 February 2013

Jewellery maker Lucy Davison at the craft fair she organised in Costessey.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Jewellery maker Lucy Davison at the craft fair she organised in Costessey. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

A woman who turned to making jewellery as therapy to help her recover from a quadruple heart bypass has started a monthly craft fair.

Lucy Davison, 43, is from Gloucestershire, but came to Norwich last year to visit a friend. But while here she was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath.

She stayed there for six weeks while tests were carried out.

She said: “I am diabetic, but it turned out that my diabetes was hiding problems with my heart. All four heart valves had furred up and were blocked and I was rushed to Basildon Hospital for a quadruple bypass.

“While I was in hospital I started making jewellery for something to do and by the time I got out I had enough to start my own business!”

That business is Norwich-based Pottergate Crafts, but Miss Davison has also launched a monthly Craft and Lifestyle fair.

The first took place at the Costessey Centre in Longwater Lane yesterday, with stalls offering one of a kind jewellery, toys, paintings, photographs, cards and food products.

Miss Davison said: “I thought I would organise it to help local businesses and people who enjoy crafts as a hobby. We are going to be there every month, so it becomes a regular thing people can go to.”

But one month when the fair will not be running is October. That month Miss Davison will be marrying Stefan Carter - the friend she was visiting when she ended up in hospital.

She said: “If he hadn’t phoned the ambulance when he did I don’t think I’d be here. I was at death’s door. At the moment I can’t go home to Gloucestershire because it’s a good four hours away. Although I’ll go back at some point I’ll be coming up here permanently once we’re married.”

The next fair is at the Costessey Centre from 11am until 4pm on Sunday, March 10.

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