An ambitious attempt to raise £50,000 for a heart unit that saved Alexandra Williams’ husband’s life has been exceeded by 50 per cent.
Mrs Williams has realised a whopping £75,000 for the Oxford Heart Centre’s Heartfelt Appeal.
Her latest fundraising effort was an auction of art which took her fund total well beyond the original target.
The first fundraising event was a designer dress sale in April.
“I think we will be in a position to give the Oxford Heartfelt Appeal £75,000, which is wonderful as I promised to raise £50,000,” said Mrs Williams, mother of daughters Augusta and Molly.
“We haven’t included Gift Aid in this figure and that will add a bit more on too.”
Mrs Williams – daughter of the Conservative peer Michael Heseltine – dedicated her efforts to raising money for the unit after the life of her husband Nicholas, owner of Holloways auctioneers in Banbury, was saved by heart specialists in Oxford. The £1m Heartfelt Appeal was set up to upgrade the unit’s reception and initial consulting rooms. The treatment areas are all state-of-the-art but donations fare needed bring the other areas up to date.