A POOLE man has vowed to make £100,000 for Poole Hospital to thank them for saving his wife’s life.
Robert Eaton, 49, is already over £10,000 into his target, through funds raised from charity challenges and events held in aid of Poole Hospital Charity.
In addition, his businesses, which include Sign It Ltd, CAM Auto Centre and Auto Technics, on Stanley Green Road, donate to the good cause, with plans for a shop in Poole town centre in August 2014, which will give money to Poole Hospital.
He says that doctors helped to save his wife, Debbie’s life, who has Ehlers-Danlos Type 4 Vascular Syndrome, after she had a ruptured splenic artery aneurysm in 2011 and had to spend eight days in intensive care.
He said: “We have hit the £10,000, so I think ‘Why not add another zero to that to make it £100,000?’ and when we get there, why not aim for £1,000,000?”
It’s also a tribute to son, Ryan, who died aged just 17 in 2011, from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, and Robert says that on the day of his wife’s collapse, he thought that he would lose her as well.
He added: “How do you thank the man that, against all odds, saved the life of my wife?
“Then how do you thank all of those who supported his amazing work to ensure Debbie’s recovery?
“Words are just not enough.”
Rob says that demand continues to grow for the up-cycled bags, furniture and upholstery branches of his business, which are hand-made by staff, including many with disabilities, who are trained up to help their future employability.
The next event hosted by Robert will be held this Saturday, June 21 at Lighthouse Poole at 7pm, which will feature performances from dance troupe, GJ Cabarets, street dancer Jack Manley, and vocalist Lindsey Bonnick.
Tickets cost £11.50 each, with a percentage of the ticket money going to Poole Hospital Charity, which are available by going to gjcabarets.com.
For more information, call the Poole Hospital Charity fundraising office on 01202 448449 or go to justgiving.com/Robert-Eaton