Children’s Heart Surgery Fund only exists because of your amazing fundraising and donations. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to approve some exciting projects for funding.

Read on for some prime examples of how your donations are helping the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit continue their amazing work, looking after families of patients with congenital heart disease. Without your help, we couldn’t provide these key resources that can care for a child’s heart, mind, family and future.

For the Heart:

  • Two “ECMO” machines – vital cardiac and respiratory life-support systems. You can read an amazing example of how this equipment saves lives in the next edition of BraveHearts!
  • 6 additional pulse oximeters, consumables and storage boxes for the “high-risk home monitoring programme”. These monitors give patients and families reassurance and extra support from home, helping to identify trends in oxygen levels
  • Additional FitBits for the Adult team to help improve and monitor fitness in some patients

For the Mind:

  • An interactive and mobile touch screen TV for Ward 51 to entertain kids and families
  • Projector lights for the ward for baby sensory stimulation and a USB charging station for parents
  • An interactive floor and projector for Ward 51 allowing patients to engage in fun activities and games – entertainment and therapy combined
  • Equipment to enable patients, especially our younger ones, to watch DVDs while undergoing lengthy MRI scans

For the Family:

  • We will be giving home-from-home Eckersley House £ 30,000 for the next 3 years to continue their amazing work providing accommodation for patients’ families
  • We threw our annual Christmas Party for our families – all had a brilliant time!

For the Future:

  • Dr Malenka Bissel is conducting vital research into the ideal time for valve replacement operations, and funding will allow the team to identify leaky valves in advance of traditional methods
  • A year of advanced training for a senior paediatric cardiology trainee to develop expertise in the management of heart muscle disease and rare genetic heart disease in children
  • A place on a Masters course in Health & Community Care at Leeds Beckett University for a sister on the Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

We can’t thank you enough for your support in funding these vital projects! We will keep you informed through regular blogs, social media posts and magazine articles about future projects approved for funding.