The organiser of a world record attempt in aid of West Suffolk Hospital insisted the ‘show must go’ on despite breaking her nose while preparing for the event.
And after a trip to A&E, Sue Smith pressed on with the My WiSH charity’s innovative initiative to get as many people as possible playing an inflatable guitar at once.
Strumming to Bachman Turner Overdrive’s You Ain’t See Nothing Yet, 110 people descended on Hardwick Heath for the event. The My WiSH charity now claims to have the unofficial world record after playing for more than three minutes.
Mrs Smith, fund-raising manager for My WiSH, said: “Everyone was smiling from ear to ear - the event was about putting the fun back into fund-raising and for people to get their inner guitar divas out.”
On breaking her nose, she added: “There was a piece of equipment which we were going to attach a sign to. It sprung up and hit me square in the nose and broke it. I ran into A&E and they were wonderful. I was never going to go home - the show must go on.”
The event raised funds for a Sherlock machine at the hospital which ensures that staff can insert a catheter line into a patient much more simply.
It was sponsored by the Homegrown Music Festival, which is from June 10 to 12 in Barrow. Those who returned their guitars which were supplied by Anderson’s of Thetford received tickets to the festival.
Mrs Smith said they plan to try to beat their record at the festival on June 11.