A special print to fundraise in memory of Andrew Bridgewater. A public thank you to Amy for asking me to be involved, it’s been a wonderful journey and I’m really proud of the outcome.
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If you miss out on purchasing this original print there are other options available in the digital section which will be available for one month.
A few words from Amy
At the time of Andrew’s death 12 months ago I knew that at some stage I would want to raise money for the people who gave Andrew support and to help the people who continue to fight and suffer from the diseases Andrew lived with. I had hoped that, fast forward a year we would have been able to do more in person but unfortunately this has not been possible, as Covid restrictions continue.
In memory of Andrew and with a wish to help those who havelikely suffered even more as a result of the pandemic I wanted to do something regardless.
The lighthouse in Burnham has always been a special place for myself, Andrew and our family. We had pictures taken under the lighthouse on our wedding day and our children now refer to it as ‘Daddy’s lighthouse’. I know that for many people both local and far away the lighthouse has a special place in their hearts. It is wonderfully calming and beautiful and I wanted to capture and share that in Andrew’s memory.
I approached an amazing local artist, Jenni Stuart, who has been kind enough to donate all of her time and profits to the cause. Every penny (deducting shipping and paper costs) from the sale of these prints will be donated to two specific areas.
Firstly, to the Heart Failure Team at Musgrove Hospital, Taunton, to enable them to provide services and support to young patients suffering from Heart Failure and Heart Disease. Only 0.6% of deaths caused by Heart Disease occur before the age of 35. Andrew suffered a major Heart attack at the age of 29 leading to heart surgery, device therapy and a later diagnosis of Heart Failure before his death at 36 years old. Attending a local support group for younger patients suffering from Heart Disease was something Andrew enjoyed and had it not been for his death would have led to many ongoing years of friendship and funding is key to being able to continue to provide these services locally.
Secondly to fund research into the cause, treatment and hopefully, one day, cure for PSC (Primary SclerosingCholangitis) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. PSC is a rare and progressive Liver Disease, there is currently no known treatment or cure. On average 10 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with it. The disease will progress until the only option is Liver Transplantation. This was a cause that meant a lot to Andrew in the years before his death as we made repeated trips to Birmingham for various procedures. He hoped that one day a cure or better treatment would be found.
The prints will be on sale for a limited period of time, from 9thApril to 9th May 2021, at Jennistuartartist.com. Prints are available in A5 or A4, starting from £10.00 with 100% of the profit going to charity. Additional donations are also welcome through the website.