Friends of heart attack victim, 38, start crowdfund

Kerry Potter and boyfriend Dan SUS-170223-095306001
Kerry Potter and boyfriend Dan SUS-170223-095306001

Friends and family of a popular Eastbourne woman who suffered a heart attack are raising money to help with travel costs and expenses.

Kerry Potter, 38, became unwell, was vomiting and complained of heartburn and pains down her arm and back on February 16.

Kerry Potter SUS-170223-095446001

Kerry Potter SUS-170223-095446001

An ambulance was called and paramedics confirmed she was having a heart attack and she was rushed to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Tests showed she had extensive heart damage, her condition did improve slightly but she was put into a medically induced coma. She was then transferred to Harefield Hospital in Harefield.

On February 19, Kerry woke up and she now remains in Harefield Hospital - almost 100 miles from her friends and family in Eastbourne. She is able to talk and her condition has improved but the family have been told it will be long road to recovery.

Her mother Val Potter and boyfriend Dan Woolridge have been staying in accommodation on the hospital site to be near to Kerry and a friend of Kerry’s, Holly Walker, has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with travel costs for her family and expenses for when Kerry comes out of hospital.

A total of £750 has already been raised but friends are hoping to raise as much as possible.

Sara, Kerry’s sister, said, “I am so totally overwhelmed with the love and support shown to Kerry and our family. It really means so much to know how many people know what a special person Kerry is and all your help, love and positivity is very much appreciated.

“Kerry always amazes me with her strength and continues to fight all the way.”

Kerry is a member of Eastbourne Bonfire Society and has carried out voluntary work in Eastbourne.

Friends have been sharing positive comments on Facebook and the Go Fund Me page to help raise funds and awareness.

Miz Wells said, “Kerry, you are one special lady - in every sense of the word! I hope this fundraiser helps as you continue to fight your way back. Which I know you will do with more concern and kindness for others around you that your self. Keep smiling!”

Tricia Axell added, “Need to see your cheery smile back in Eastbourne. Battle on gorgeous girl.”