A HEARTBROKEN Belper man has hailed a tribute night held in memory of his best friend as a “complete success” after it raised more than £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation charity.
John Sims helped organise the event in the aftermath of the death of Mark Jamison, who died suddenly in his sleep.
The 41-year-old driving instructor had no idea he was suffering from a rare heart condition and his family and friends were left devastated when he failed to wake up one Sunday morning in March.
It was later revealed that Holbrook-born Mark had died from idiopathic myocardial fibrosis — a disease of an uncertain origin that caused his heart to stop beating.
John, 38, of Yardley Way, said Mark’s death came completely “out of the blue”.
“It was totally unexpected,” said John. “He was a fit guy who played squash and went to the gym.
“I am still in a state of shock about it now. I feel like he has gone on holiday for a while and he is due to come back any moment.”
Mark, of Somercotes, had held music events with his friends in the past – and he was keen to hold another one.
John said: “I had to keep knocking him back because I had started a family.”
After his death, John and several of Mark’s friends and family thought a music event would be a fitting tribute. They called it the Mark Jamison Tribute Night and it was a 14-hour marathon music spectacular at the Sun Lounge, in Derby, on Saturday and Sunday.
John said: “It was amazing, a really good tribute to Mark. Everyone did their bit to make it a success.”
About 800 revellers packed into the venue and were entertained by 18 DJs. A raffle, featuring prizes such as bottles of champagne, aftershave, perfume and designer bags, raised £400 towards the final total.