Widow of Chris Macrow is overwhelmed by donations
Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a popular Solihull theatre boss – as his heartbroken wife declared “the show must go on”.
Chris Macrow died in hospital eight days after he fell from his bike in Tanworth-In-Arden on 6th September.
The 54-year-old Blues fan, who co-founded Solihull Theatre Company, suffered a serious head injury.
After his death, Sarah and his family and friends raised nearly £12,000 for a number of chosen charities.
Sarah, who launched the theatre company with Chris and their friends Steve and Pauline Dyer, said: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who donated to the charities in memory of Chris.
“It is a testament to the popularity of such a well-loved and respected man.”
More than 600 mourners attended his funeral at St Alphege Church in Solihull.
Sarah said: “Chris was such a loveable and popular man and it was so moving to see just how many lives he touched.
“We were together for 30 years and married 27 years ago at St Alphege.
“We renewed our vows there in 2012 to mark our 25th anniversary and I feel like half of me is missing now the love of my life has gone.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from family, friends and colleagues.”
The money will be split between St James’s Place Foundation, The Get A-head Charitable Trust and the University Hospital Birmingham Charity.
Sarah added: “It has been very hard being back at Solihull Theatre Company without Chris as things don’t seem the same, but the show must go on for him.”
Sarah said she wanted to thank everyone who donated and said the fundraising would continue.
Mr Macrow’s death came weeks before company members were due to begin rehearsals for their next show – The Witches of Eastwick.
It will be performed at Solihull Arts Complex in May 2015.
Anyone who would like to make donations can send them to: Sarah Macrow, St. James’s Place House, Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Park, Shirley, Solihull, B90 8AR.
For more information about St Jame’s Place Foundation: http://www1.sjp.co.uk/find-a-partner/solihull-location-office?loc=Solihull
(Cheques should be made payable to St. James’s Place Foundation to ensure match funding).