Wear Red Day is finally here! And don’t worry If you can’t actively take part on the day itself, simply text WEAR19 followed by £1, £2, £3, £5, or £10 to 70070.

Here’s 6 good reasons  – amongst so many good reasons and amazing supporters – why you should donate to this year’s event.

1. B&M Waste Marketing Manager Jayne Kennedy said:

We would encourage other businesses to get involved as wearing red is something which has no boundaries, everyone can take part, and the funds raised help to provide an invaluable service to children and families.”

2. Heart mum Andrea Kitchen supports CHSF because daughter Leah was treated for endocarditis when she was 15 at the LCHU, and said:

“People should join in wear red day 2019 to help chsf because you never know when you might need them as we did. They do an amazing job and supported Leah and myself throughout the full 6 weeks we spent in Leeds General Infirmary.”

3. Hugo Owen was diagnosed with TGA (transposition of the great arteries) at the 20 week scan, and is now a happy, active 14 month’s old. Mum Natasha said:

“This year I ask that on Friday 1st February 2019 everyone would help raise vital funds for CHSF by wearing red and help them help families like us. Without the suppport, funds and life saving equipment the CHSF and Leeds congenital heart unit provide babies like Hugo would have no chance of survival.”

4. Stacey Heward, who works at City Training Services in Bradford is taking part in Wear Red Day and said:

“My cousin Logan Peter Jameson Briggs had heart surgery at LGI – when he was only a few months old he had a pacemaker fitted. The care he received was excellent so I want to raise funds for any future children who need this type of care. Sadly Logan passed away at 1 year old – his death was not related to his surgery. I carry on fundraising in his memory.”

5. Lisa Moore from York is mother to Louis, who had major surgery at just 10 weeks old for a VSD and coarctation of the aorta. Lisa said:

Every penny raised helps support this amazing local charity whose work saves lives and helps the families caring for the children.

6. And Rebecca Jones from Bradford agrees that every little helps in our mission to support hearts for life. Her daughter Emily was diagnosed wit a VSD at just 9 days old and is now a healthy, happy 15-month-old. Rebecca said:

“People should join in with Wear Red Day because it’s fun, and it doesn’t cost much to get involved… less than your morning cup of coffee.”

Simply text WEAR19 followed by £1, £2, £3, £5, or £10 to 70070.

We are so grateful for your donations. If you want to find out how your money helps care for the heart, mind, family and future of patients with congenital heart disease you can read our Social Impact Report for 2017.

A revised document featuring information from 2018 will be released later this year.

Thank you!