Story

On Thursday the 27th of June this year our lives changed forever. Our daughter, Willow, just a month after her first birthday was taken ill suddenly and a roller-coaster month started. We went from having a perfectly healthy baby to deaths door in 24hrs, told she would probably need a heart transplant a few days later, had to learn complex medical conditions  overnight and had the pain of seeing her heart stop three times in 24 hrs, the last time for 4 minutes. Without the fantastic care received at Northampton General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital Willow would not be with us today. Her life was saved (the third time!) when she was put on ECMO , without this treatment her heart would not have recovered, we would have been facing either losing her or a heart transplant. We were lucky. We were very, very lucky…

We originally planned this blog when Willow was in PICU at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to keep our friends and family updated.. by time we had it set up Willow was home! We made the decision to start fundraising for HeartLink children’s charity while still in Glenfield, the support given by HeartLink is invaluable, from little things like tea and coffee to accommodation and washing/laundry facilities – this is a major stress removed from parents suffering enough already. They also provide equipment for the hospital including scanners, monitors… even an Ambulance!! Without contributions there would be no help, no accommodation, no tea & coffee.. no additional help for the next child in willows position…

Sorry if any of the photos offend, they aren’t there for dramatic effect, they are there to hammer home the seriousness of both Willow’s condition and that of other children on PICU.

We are aiming, (maybe unrealistically!) to purchase another ECMO machine for Glenfield, these cost in the region of £40,000…

Dig deep people, check the fundraising page for what events you can sponsor or just click the paypal button below.

Iain & Denise…. and Willow, of course xx

Raising money for

Heart Link

Heart Link

Charity Registration No. 513946

Heart Link, was originally formed as a support group for parents and families who have a child suffering from a heart defect. Since 1981 we have collected over £4 million pounds. This has been used to fund projects large and small. Thank you for supporting us!

Donations 287

Donation by Hankins on 20/04/14

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

Hope this helps

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

All for a good cause x

Donation by vicky spiers on 15/04/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Lizzie Barker on 15/04/14

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Instead of a Easter egg from spanner xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/14

£2.00

Donation by Emma Dickson on 15/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Tracey Webb on 15/04/14

£3.00

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Paul Wills on 15/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best wishes from Helen Kelly Callum Nathan and George xxxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

So so pleased to have won the Saints shirt... Keep going guys xxx

Donation by Jo Roper on 07/04/14

£400.00

+ £100.00 Gift Aid

So pleased to have won the portrait and also raise money for a wonderful charity , Neil

Donation by Neil Coleman on 06/04/14

£360.00

+ £90.00 Gift Aid

My husband, Ian Young, took a cake to work at Edward Green's, who kindly raffled it and raised an amazing £66. Thanks to all who bought a ticket

Donation by Kate's Celebration Cakes on 06/04/14

£66.00

+ £16.50 Gift Aid

I am mum to chd warrior, your story has touched my heart deeply.. What a amazing little girl you have xx

Donation by Lianne dickson on 03/04/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Courtney on 01/04/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work Iain, fantastic cause. Phil (prestige flooring) Winner of floorskills auction.

Donation by Philip wilkinson (prestige flooring) on 31/03/14

£450.00

+ £112.50 Gift Aid

For the first quarter this year £1 from every cake I have sold

Donation by Kate's Celebrtion Cakes Northampton on 31/03/14

£74.00

+ £18.50 Gift Aid

Auction for massage voucher at serenity

Donation by =) on 30/03/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Jackie Ingham on 27/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Karen Keeves on 27/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Paul Wills on 27/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck. X

Donation by Alison kirkbright on 25/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I know its not alot but every little helps as they say. Good luck mate :-)

Donation by Anonymous on 24/03/14

£10.00

Donation by Natalie Eichmann on 24/03/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£17,931.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£109.00
  • Total raised£18,040.00
  • Gift Aid£4,081.26

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