Audio: Cleaving Heevages' CD says a heartfelt thanks
Sarah BrealeyWhen the Cleaving Heevages' guitarist collapsed with heart failure, it was only speedy medical treatment that saved his life - not once but twice.Now the quest for better heart treatment in Norfolk is a cause dear to the band's hearts.Sarah Brealey
By SARAH BREALEY
When the Cleaving Heevages' guitarist collapsed with heart failure, it was only speedy medical treatment that saved his life - not once but twice.
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Now the quest for better heart treatment in Norfolk is a cause dear to the band's hearts. On Saturday they will launch their new CD, their first in four years, raising money for the Norfolk Heart Trust. The CD, appropriately called Beats per Minute, is being launched with a concert at Poringland Community Centre.
Bailey, 48, who lives in Little Dunham, near Swaffham, never realised he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes heart irregularity and very rarely can cause sudden death.
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Bailey - also known as Peter Aindow, a civil servant with the courts service in Norwich - said: 'I have had it since birth but I didn't even know I had it.
'I was at home and my heart was jumping all over the place. The next thing I knew I was on the floor looking at the ceiling, the paramedic was shouting at me and thumping me on the chest. I realised at that point it was pretty serious. I was so lucky that he was able to get there quickly.
'Two days later I went again when they were doing the angiogram. They had to resuscitate me on the operating table. In theory I 'died' twice.'
The notes on the CD say: 'Once was worrying, twice we thought was just plain attention seeking!'
He spent a week at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire and was cured with a catheter ablation, which destroys the abnormal electrical pathway in the heart.
The band's founder member is Mrs Cleavage, also known as Sarah Bristow, 49, a stained glass artist from Mangreen, south of Norwich. She said: 'He is lucky to be alive.'
Last summer her brother, Adonis, 50, also developed heart problems and needed an emergency quadruple bypass, making the cause doubly important to them. And by coincidence, Mr Aindow's wife Linda also works as a medical PA in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's cardiac department.
Although the six-piece band has raised around �12,000 for charity in their 15 years, this is the first non-cancer charity they have raised money for. Until now they have supported several cancer charities, inspired by the death of former lead singer Kate Linton from leukaemia. They describe their music as 'risqu�' and 'good clean-ish fun.'
Proceeds from the CD and launch are going to the Norfolk Heart Trust, which is the organisation behind the Balloons4Hearts appeal. The band hopes it could help to kit out a cardiac electrophysiology suite at the N&N, which would be able to perform similar procedures to the one he had in Papworth.
Mrs Cleavage said: 'It would be great for people to have it done more locally. It is a long way to Papworth.'
The Balloons4Hearts appeal has already furnished an angiography suite at the N&N, which local patients are now benefiting from.
The launch night is at Poringland Community Centre on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are �7 and are on sale at the door on the night.