The Children’s Heart Federation needs parents and young people to join their study to help better understand what impact heart surgery has had on you or your child and family. They are organising a discussion group for young people (15 – 18 years) and one for adults and parents in our office in London. This will involve you attending a group of around 10 other parents or young people and answering questions about yours and/or your child’s experiences with heart conditions. Further focus group meetings are planned in Birmingham and Glasgow.
If you would like further information or to take part please see the flyer on the Children’s Heart Federation website.
Valentines Night 2014.
The weather forecast for the evening was very strong gale force winds but we still had many families brave the conditions to bring their little ones to Build A Bear at the Trafford Centre. There were 15 children who came along and they each got to choose a bear of there choice and name the bear – and my were there some interesting names that came up. Some I could not even pronounce never mind spell. What fabulous imaginations children have and how inventive they are.
There were games which they and their new friend the bears could join in with and they got to wash them and groom them. There were fancy bows to add a little extra touch and the all important hearts that they put in their bear. Each new friend got a certificate and a large box to carry then home in.
I’m glad you all had fun and managed to join us as we celebrated Heart Week 2014.
February this year was the first of 2014 charity shops, we rent it for 1 week every few months. On the Friday myself and my friend Paula go to storage and get the stock out, Oli and Callum transport it to the shop and we meet my friends Anne and Rose there. Then the work really begins as we unpack and get it ready for a busy week. We open on the Saturday so no time to be wasted we all crack on and have a job to do. Its amazing what you can achieve when you work together or as some would say when I boss them around – but in the nicest possible way of course.
Well on Saturday we opened and after 20 minutes of opening I was a little concerned we hadn’t had many in. My mum reminded me we hadn’t been open all that long and people don’t usually open on Saturday so word has to get round. Well word certainly spread fast and people were coming in saying it was lovely to see us back. They love us and our quality items, not to mention our bargains.
Our members Tracey and Wendy came later with a car full of goodies and within 10 mins of Tracey bringing the items in we had sold £50 worth to a customer. For one particular item we had 2 people interested in the shop there and then, it was a Tutankhamun DVD holder not much shorter than me – it was fab. We had fun putting together all kinds of things and the girls were great unpacking and serving, thank you both. Sunday my nephew Matt came to help and he drives a hard bargain I can tell you. He was also the boss for the day and made me wear heart shaped ear muffs all day.
Thank you to all our helpers that week – my mum Maureen, Pearl, Izzy, Nic, Pat, Dave, Anne and Rose for opening. Thank you to Di and Jackie for Fri night. Thanks to everyone who donates excellent quality items to sell. Thank you also to Paula, Anne, Rose and Linda who help me sort out the donations each week and rack clothes and to Oli and Callum for the transport. Finally thank you to Michele who helped pack the shop up for closing on the Friday.
Our fabulous Ball of Hearts 2013 took place under Concorde, and yes I do mean literally under Concorde. WOW is the right word to use for when people walked into the room – it definitely had the WOW factor.
We even had the Queen stop by to greet our guests, letting our guests take pics with her as she greeted them and mingled. To all our surprise she got the dancing started by dancing gangnam style, who ever would have thought our Queen was so modern and would dance to that! It certainly entertained us and for doing that dance I ran round the room doing a very fast collection and that raised £140 alone. Thank you aunty Lydia you stole the show and made it both extra special and most memorable.
We enjoyed a 3 course dinner with wine, raffle, auction, casino and dancing. What another successful and most enjoyable night with 260 guests. We even got into Cheshire Life’s January edition. Our thanks to everyone who attended and all those who help at our Ball, much appreciated.
2014 will be at the Crowne Plaza Liverpool on Sat 15th November. It will be a winter wonderland theme and will be just as amazing. More details to follow – it won’t disappoint
so be sure to be there. If you know of anyone who can donate a prize for our raffle, tombola or auction please get in touch.
For many of us Christmas time is always a wonderful time of year. We may be busy but most of us look forward to it. December 2013 was no exception and how extra special CHA made it for their members.
We made pizza with the elves and our creations for our pizzas were amazing – we have some very talented children. As well as pizza there was a fabulous three course meal to enjoy. As all the children had been so good over the year they even had a special visit from Santa who came and gave them all an early Christmas present. It was a busy afternoon, enjoyed by all and we’re already looking forward to this year’s event! A special thank you to Joanne and her team at Hilton Manchester Airport who always look after us so well.
We’re heading off to Eureka! in Halifax on Saturday 22nd February. Entry is free for member families and non-members may come along for £5.50 each. Contact Val for booking.
UPDATE: We’ll be meeting there at 10:30 and there are indoor picnic tables if you wish to bring a picnic.
We have some plans to celebrate in a BIG way in 2014. Not all details are finalised yet but put these dates in your diary, and some events still to be arranged – so we hope there will be something that suits your family.
Check who is organising each event as some events are coordinated by the hospital teams. Many of the events are to be confirmed so keep your eye on our website (heartchild.info/events) and Facebook page (heartchild.info/facebook), get in touch with your local branch, call our helpline or email us for more details.
Free events are those where we only pay for those who arrive on the day. For events where we pay in advance you will be required to pay before the event so we are not left out of pocket.
Please bring your unwanted gifts for use as prizes.
January saw the start of our events for 2014 and to celebrate 40 years as a registered charity we aim to do 40 events throughout the year.
We began with ice skating at Deeside Leisure centre. We had a good turn out and the families had so much fun. There was music to skate too and we had mixed abilities
so all could join in. Thank you to the older children who helped the younger ones.
This was fun for all the family and mum’s and dad’s joined in too – some mum’s and dad’s admitted it was like recapturing their youth.