Yesterday Leeds Children’s Hospital were delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to officially open the brand new Cardiac and MRI Hybrid Suite funded by Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Leeds Cares.

This was made possible because of your generous donations towards our Keeping the Beat campaign, which funded all the equipment in the new cardiac facility.

Dr Jamie Bentham and Miss Carin Van Doorn with HRH The Countess of Wessex

The cardiac hybrid theatre allows cardiac surgeons and cardiologists to perform surgery at the same time which means the skills of both specialists can be employed together, reducing treatment time for patients. This is all good news for everyone at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit!

Sharon Milner, CEO at Children’s Heart Surgery Fund said: “A huge thank you to our supporters for helping to fund the equipment in this Hybrid Suite.”

“The generosity of those who contributed to the £500,000 Keeping the Beat target means poorly babies and children will benefit from this revolutionary facility for generations to come.”

[Left to Right] Christian Carroll, Jill Nichols, Janet McAteer, Clair James, Sharon Milner

A big thank you to patient Albie Carroll, his brother Kody Carroll and their dad, Christian. Clair James representing Hobson Charity and Jill Nichols and Janet McAteer, Hilton Leeds City on behalf of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People for attending on the day. We also had a wonderful celebration events with some fantastic business supporters from across the region.

And another huge thank you to everyone who made this happen. #BecauseofYou