Early 1981 Mr Reg Harvey from Clacton-on-Sea had heart surgery at Papworth Hospital and realised there wasn’t anywhere in the country to help major heart surgery patients and their families to cope with the trauma of such operations.
He wrote to Christine Webber, an Anglia Television presenter, and asked if she would be interested in helping to form such a group.
So, in April 1981 Christine mentioned on TV about an attempt to form a Zipper Club in East Anglia and arranged a meeting in Colchester at the end of April so see if there was enough interest. There was a good attendance from all over East Anglia and a group was formed “The East Anglian Cardiac patients Assoc. — Zipper Club” (EACPA)
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