Heartfelt calendar created for charity

Helen Bach and her husband Norman Macintosh from Gosport with the heart calender which they have made from heart shaped pictures to raise money for charity. Helen is grateful to have her husband after he suffered a series of heart attacks.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142561-3)
Helen Bach and her husband Norman Macintosh from Gosport with the heart calender which they have made from heart shaped pictures to raise money for charity. Helen is grateful to have her husband after he suffered a series of heart attacks.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142561-3)
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THIS couple didn’t miss a beat when it came to making a charity calender.

From crumpets, to balloons, butterflies to books, and beaches and crowds, Hellen Bach found hearts in everyday life.

The 59-year-old started collecting a picture of a heart a day and posting it on a blog after her husband Norman Macintosh, 60, had a stroke.

It’s not the first time Norman has had heart problems – he suffered from heart failure aged only 34.

The couple met through Terry Wogan’s Terry’s Old Geezers (Tog) club eight years ago.

Hellen, of Marcello Close, Gosport, said: ‘My husband has been suffering with heart failure since he had a heart attack at aged 34.

‘He was in the RAF at the time and had a triple heart bypass when he was 40.

‘We had been living in the north, but last year, we moved back to the south coast and he has been going to Southampton General Hospital.

‘I didn’t want to feel upset about it and instead wanted to celebrate my husband’s life.

‘I wanted to celebrate his fight against heart disease and decided to create and post a photo of a heart a day for a year.’

She started her project in July last year, and by the end of it had collected 365 pictures.

‘Rather than just let all this work die, we decided to ask the Togs to vote for the best hearts and we have turned a lot of them into a calendar,’ she added.

‘There are 120 images in the calendar and there’s a big range of pictures.

‘It got to the point where no matter where I was I was spotting hearts in everyday objects.’

The calendar was shown to Sir Terry Wogan when the couple went to a Tog event.

Hellen will be selling the heart calendar, with money raised being donated to Children in Need and The British Heart Foundation.

Norman said: ‘I think what Hellen has done and that she went all the way with it is fantastic. Once she has an idea she just goes with it, and it was great to see other people get involved with it.

‘I hope people can buy it because the proceeds will be going to two causes close to our hearts.’

To read the blog, or to buy a copy of the calendar, visit charitygoods.com