Upbeat - Heart Support In West Suffolk

Charity No 1087415
Upbeat Is Affiliated To The British Heart Foundation and Arrhythmia Alliance The Heart Rhythm Charity.

Peter Maxey

(Committee Member, Vice Chairman)

I was born in Peterborough in 1939 just as the war started. My father went into the army and as a family we moved to Grantham where we spent the war years. My father died as a result of injuries received at Dunkirk. When the war was over we moved to Blackpool. We being, Gran, Grandad, two Aunties & Uncles, my Cousin, Mum & I and had a small Hotel (Boarding House), where we remained for twenty years.

Serving my time as a carpenter and moving up to Assistant Manager before being appointed Regional Manager, with a London based firm building what most of you will remember as Chef & Brewer steak houses and in between marrying Ilva and having two wonderful daughters.

Work slowed and a position was offered in London as Contracts Manager. We moved to Chigwell in Essex and working in London was a very difficult time for both Ilva and I, but joining the local Church helped us to settle into the area and I was Church Warden for seventeen years.

The change in jobs to a design company allowed me to be involved in all the fast foods being introduced at that time. Beefeater, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Wetherspoons and Whitbread development in and around London.

From the Design Company I went to work for Whitbreads as a regional surveyor where I stayed for ten years. Moving to start my own company with a partner in 1984 and working in the London area. Unfortunately in 1991 due to the recession we had to cease trading, with the result that we had to sell up and move and I had to go back on the tools. Meanwhile our youngest daughter Sheralyne had moved to Australia and married, now with two lovely boys and our other daughter Tracy a Chartered Accountant and married to Chris also a Chartered Accountant with two smashing boys had moved to Kedington where we eventually moved to live with Tracy & Chris. I built two houses side by side for us all and we were there for nine years and I was involved with the Parish Council and became Chairman for 4 years.

Retirement looming and my son-in –law’s travel to work becoming more difficult, we decided as a family to make a last move to ease retirement and Chris’s journey time to work. The Bury St. Edmunds area seemed the best choice for us all.

Tracy & Chris moved to Great Barton and two years later we followed having building an annex onto their house. Then I retired and three months after, I had a heart attack (luckily in the Doctor’s surgery). With the help of Mel Amps and the rehab nurses and three stents later I was able to resume a reasonably normal life. With the loving care of these dedicated professionals and my wife of 51 years (where have all the years gone) and family I am able to resume and maybe help others through Upbeat.

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