Donation of Memorial Painting
The following is a transcript of an article featuring Hertbeats which was on page 13 of the September 2019 issue of ‘Forum’ – Harpenden Town Council’s quarterly newsletter.
Harpenden Town Council were privileged to receive the gift of a pastel painting from Mr Brian Gibson, the Life President of Hertbeats, the St Albans and District Cardiac Support Group.
The pastel painting of the War Memorial on Church Green was part of an original series by the artist Peter Coombs and was previously presented to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at St Albans City Hospital by Marilyn Hudson (former Life Vice President of Hertbeats) in memory of her husband John.
Due to a major refurbishment at the hospital, the pastel was returned to Hertbeats and Mr Gibson thought it would be appropriate for it to be donated to the Town Council in Harpenden, where the Hudsons did so much good work. Past Town Mayor for 2018-19, Councillor David Heritage, received the painting from Mr Gibson at an informal presentation and the painting now hangs in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.
Hertbeats was formed in 1997 and provides advice, information and help to cardiac patients and their families within the St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield areas. It is also an informal social group for patients and ex-patients.