Woman in Black author Susan Hill donates to Norwich woman’s fundraising

Louise Cole who is organising a charity event at The Maddermarket Theatre to raise money for the N&N

Louise Cole who is organising a charity event at The Maddermarket Theatre to raise money for the N&N Hospital.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The daughter of a pensioner who survived a heart attack and stroke has had her fundraising campaign boosted by donations from the author of a world-famous book.

Louise Cole, 36, of Earlham Road, Norwich, wants to raise £3,000 for a new delta chair which can be used at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's (N&N) stroke unit to help patients' rehabilitation.

Her father, Paul Humphrey, 71, of Brundall, was saved by a team of N&N consultants after suffering both a heart attack and stroke in quick succession one night at his home.

'It looked really grim for dad,' Mrs Cole said.

'But thanks to the incredible treatment he got he has slowly got better.'


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Mr Humphrey is still a patient at the N&N, but Mrs Cole said the kindness of the staff has helped his recovery.

'During his treatment I noticed that staff were fundraising in their own time for a new delta chair and I was really inspired by that as they work so hard as it is,' she said.

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Mrs Cole is holding a charity cabaret night at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich on September 20 to raise money.

The event, hosted by local comedian Jenny Beake, will feature live music, a raffle and a charity auction.

Mrs Cole was given unexpected help by author Susan Hill, who wrote Woman in Black – a book which has been adapted into a West End play and Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe. She donated a sum of money and two tickets to the Woman in Black play in London.

'At first I thought it couldn't be the Susan Hill but then I sent her a message on Facebook and she offered to provide tickets to be auctioned off,' Mrs Cole said. 'It's great that she helped out.'

To book tickets for the show call the theatre on 01603 620917.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/Louise-Cole5/ or text NNUH71, plus the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.

Have you got a health story? Email nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk

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