Fir Park mercy show ‘an instant sell-out’

Wendy with Zoe, during the short time they had together.
Wendy with Zoe, during the short time they had together.

A Carfin couple are this week ‘overwhelmed’ by the astonishing sell-out response to a unique band concert to be staged on Saturday in honour of their baby daughter .

Tragic Zoe was just over seven months old when she died of complex heart problems four years ago.

Wendy Wright and husband Iain felt their world had come to an end and she considered abandoning her job, which no longer seemed important.

However her bosses at Kwikfit were ‘incredibly supportive’ and allowed her to decide when to return - which she duly did after nine months.

Then she decided to ‘fight back’ and do something positive to help other parents with critically ill children in Yorkhill’s heart ward.

“The specialist cardiology ward at Yorkhill is amazing,” said Wendy.

“You are never just another parent there, and they do everything possible - but that ward is always full. Some mothers never even have the chance to hold their baby.”

Wendy decided from her own experience - and from observing other parents - that the best way to help was in raising funds for aids that would make it easier for mums and dads to visit.

She said: “They are there at all hours of the day and night, without facilities for a stay, and what we’ve done is raise funds for fold-down beds that can make life just that bit easier.”

Together with supporters, Wendy has turned her efforts into a cause that has so far raised more than £15,000.

But this weekend a special Weanstock band concert at Fir Park Social Club - an instant sell-out - will take the Zoe’s Heart Friends Fund into a new and larger dimension.

“We’ll have to make it even bigger next year,” said Wendy. “Meanwhile a million thanks to the four local bands who have put their hearts and souls into this event - they have done us proud.”