A FUND-RAISING day of music and dance will be held in memory of mother-of-three Sarah Applin, who died tragically after catching swine flu.
Sarah’s Day is part of an ongoing campaign to buy a motion bed in West Suffolk Hospital’s intensive care unit, which treated Mrs Applin who died in January aged 32 – just weeks after her son was delivered by caesarean section.
The event has been organised by her father Barry Waterman at his pub the White Horse, in Beyton, on July 16 from 11am.
He has arranged an array of live music and food as well as a bouncy castle, raffle, disco and clown face painting.
Mr Waterman said: “Sarah loved music and dancing so we thought this would be ideal and we hope it will go a long way to achieving our goal of raising £25,000 for the bed, which is desperately needed. We’re already on our way to £7,500 thanks to various events and donations, which we’re very grateful for. An outbreak of swine flu may well occur again so supplying another bed would really help the hospital.”
It is now seven months since Mrs Applin, of Thurston, died after developing complications with pneumonia while being treated for swine flu and her family are gradually rebuilding their lives.
Her husband Richard is busy working on getting a house in Beyton ready to move into and mum Jane has been ‘a rock’ with the children.
Mr Waterman said: “We’re all pitching in and getting by. Being in a pub has helped me a lot because I can talk to people. I go up to the church in Beyton and have my moments. There are flowers there and her eldest daughter Charlotte looks at it like it’s her mum’s garden.”
Mrs Applin worked in the hotel trade before having children and later helped out in her parents’ pub.
Mr Waterman added: “She was very organised and always wanted to arrange things like parties. She was popular with the customers and basically wanted to make people happy.”
For tickets, which are £10 for adults and £5 for children aged 10 to 16, visit the pub, in Bury Road, or call (01359) 270324. For further information visit www.sarahsday.co.uk