Confirmed speakers to include antenatal diagnosis and care, holiday worries, how to talk to your children about the heart, vaccines for heart kids, how to use an automatic defibrillator, and advances in surgery.
There are special sessions for dads, new parents, older children, and grown up heart kids, with stalls from other heart charities.
This is a free event, with lunch included and free parking but, as places are limited, we do ask that you live in the North West or receive care from Alder Hey or Manchester cardiac units.
For more details and booking check out the event page heartchild.info/infoday.
Smart Storage have taken us on as their charity of the year and have already raised £380 for us with a sponsored Santa Dash.
We have a storage facility with the Bootle branch which is usually piled high with your donations ready for our next charity shop. Each time we run a week’s shop we can raise over £1000 so this storage facility is vital for our fundraising.
Thank you Smart Storage
Here are our exhausted bouncers after the hour of trampolining at Jump Nation. We had a fabulous time.
Robyn – in the centre – has raised over £1000 and others have raised around £500. We’ll have a grand total when all the sponsor money has been paid in. A huge thank you to everyone – and we can’t wait to do this again.
There was a hard game to play – spot the heart child. Sometimes the heart child was the one doing the upside-down somersaults and encouraging the unfit adults to try too!!
We are delighted to introduce you to our new patrons – Dr Denise Kitchiner and Dr Raman Patel. These doctors have now retired, but will be familiar to so many of our families – and many of our children owe their lives to their interventions. We are honoured to have them on board. Please have a look at the patrons page on our website. https://heartchild.info/web/about/patrons.
A team from the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, funded by WellChild, are conducting research into the administration of painful and/or invasive procedures by parents of children with long-term health conditions. This research is running from May 2014 to October 2015 and they are looking for support from parents who may be able to provide their own experiences of this.
They would like to better understand your experiences of undertaking the procedure, being trained to do the procedure, managing your child’s reactions to the procedures, how you think undertaking these procedures affects you, your child and your family, and any support needs arising from this.
If you feel that you could help with the research, further information is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/research/pdf/PEAPIPinf.pdf.
Alternatively, contact Gemma Spiers on 01904 321984, or at email@example.com.
We are really looking forward to the end of the month when we are having a sponsored bounce. A local paper has been to see one of our older children who has already raised over £300 and told her story of this trip helping her to feel included rather than left out.
And here is a letter from another child, Chloe, that accompanies her sponsor form.
It’s not too late to join us on 28th March – whether you’re sponsored or not.
CHA have provided portable WiFi for our young people who are staying in the Heart Centre at Manchester Royal Infirmary. It is vital for them to be able to keep in touch with their friends (and some of them even use it to send homework to school we’ve been told). It’s expensive for them to use the hospital televisions so this is a better way for them to get online.
Thank you to those of you who support us and enable us to make a difference.
We had a lovely time at our annual Pizza with Santa’s Elves lunch at the Hilton Manchester Airport. The staff there are fabulous and the food was even better than last year. We were very grateful to In Kind Direct and Disney’s Share the Magic Campaign for donating our gorgeous Mickey Mouse cuddly figures.
More Mickey Mouse toys were taken to the cardiac outpatient department at Manchester Children’s Hospital to give to any family who visited during the Christmas period.
We’ve received a thank you from the play team at Ward 85 Manchester Children’s Hospital.
It’s the little things that we do which can make someone’s stay in hospital just that bit easier. Thanks to everyone who has helped us fund raise this year.
(And if Santa has been very kind to you do you have some old games you could donate to the ward?)