This year’s Wear Red Day, falls on Friday 3rd February, 2017, and is all about raising £500,000 for a state of the art children’s theatre based here at the LGI, which will open by 2018. As you may have heard, we reached halfway towards this total at Christmas time. That’s £250,000 and counting – an amazing achievement having only officially launched in May last year. However, there is still a way to go – and that’s where Wear Red Day comes in.

Anyone can take part in a Wear Red Day event – this usually includes businesses, employees, school staff, students, club members and organisation bosses. It’s not too complicated and doesn’t require much pre-planning.

To organise your Wear Red Day, it’s important first to register. Then it’s a case of communicating the event to any prospective supporters in advance, and pay in your donation afterwards. You can use our download resources here, email or call 0113 392 5742 for help.

If you can’t take part for any reason, that’s no problem, simply text WEAR17 £5 to 70070 (you can also text £1, £2, £3 or £10). You can also sign up to our Thunderclap by clicking on the picture below:

For those unaware of the facts behind CHD, there is no obvious cause identified in most cases. As it’s a congenital condition, it’s not something you will acquire in later life, therefore lifestyle changes won’t affect your personal outcome – unlike other prevalent diseases. That said, those unaffected by CHD could be considered fortunate to an extent. We would appeal to you directly to help us treat those suffering from CHD, and make the difficult road patients, parents and families have to travel that bit easier. For more information on our patients and their families, you can read our feature profiles at Real Stories or any edition of our Bravehearts magazine.

Around 10,000 babies and children are treated in the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit every year, with some 400 needing open heart surgery. To ensure these young Yorkshire fighters have the best possible chance of survival and live their lives to the full, we need the most effective surgical equipment in place at LGI. And that means keeping up with the evolution of this speciality, or as we call it… Keeping The Beat.

Thanks, as ever, for your support.