Art is tribute to partner

Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering features in a Suffolk practice's art show in memory of a late partner.

Dr Ian Jenkins, who practised in Stowmarket, Suffolk, died in January on holiday in Sri Lanka.  

He suffered from a rare heart condition, which was discovered while training for Stowmarket swimming team.  

Dr Jenkins was a very keen swimmer and a member of the Suffolk County Masters Team.  

He had been a partner at the Stowhealth practice for 25 years and was given a heart transplant 10 years ago.  

Colleagues said that despite this he had been determined to continue as a full-time partner.  

A statement on the practice website said: ‘His dedication remained an inspiration to his patients and colleagues alike. Ian will be greatly missed by all the team at Stowhealth and all his patients in Stowmarket, for whom he cared so well.’  

Artist in residence at the practice Joy Pirkle aimed to make uplifting and optimistic paintings for her exhibition, entitled ‘The Art of a Healthy Heart’.  

‘There is a section of the work which features the optimum healthy heart. I was honoured to have permission to paint both Karen Pickering and Frankie Dettori,’ she said.  

Chef Delia Smith provided healthy heart recipes for the practice’s website as part of the initiative.  

The practice is planning other healthy heart initiatives. These include opening a gym facility with a qualified personal trainer.  

It is working with Stowmarket Town Council to build a fitness trail for the community within the town.  

The exhibition is open from Tuesday 14 November to 17 February 2007, Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm. 

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