Hi! Thanks for visiting our JustGiving page. Here's a quick introduction to what we're doing, why we're doing it and what we're hoping to provide through raising funds for the Grand Appeal.
On the 10th August Adam, Ed, James and Ade will be participating in this years Prudential RideLondon, which is a 100 mile cycle ride taking in the majority of the London 2012 Olympic road race route.
Why have we chosen to collect for The Grand Appeal, and more importantly, how can you help?
The Cardiac ward at the Bristol Royal Hospital For Children are hoping to equip as many members of staff as possible with iPads to help educate very young patients and their parents on the conditions that are affecting them both in the short and longterm.
Having the ability to deliver what is very difficult information to absorb (both from a technical and emotional point of view) in an interactive manner helps young children and their parents better engage with the situation which they are faced with and therefore leaves them better prepared to cope with their time in and out of the hospital.
So the more money we raise, the more iPads we can buy, and in turn, the more families we can help in coming to terms with congenital heart disease.
We have chosen to support this cause as Ade knows firsthand what a difference it could make to families who are told their child has a congenital heart disease.
On the 22nd July 2013, Ade and his wife Hannah attended St. Michael's Hospital for the 20 week scan of their rapidly growing baby. The news was that they were to have a son, but he was also diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) after the radiographer noticed the flow of blood through his heart was abnormal.
TGA is a congenital heart disease where the pulmonary artery and aorta are the wrong way round (or transposed) which results in de-oxygenated blood being pumped around the body. After the diagnosis, Ade and Hannah were told that their baby would require complex life-saving surgery within the first week after birth in order to sustain life. The surgery itself carried risks but the odds were in his favour, and without it he had no chance of survival.
Oscar was born on 18 December 2013 at St Michael's hospital and was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care ward. At 42hrs old on December 20th at Bristol's Children's Hospital, Oscar had his surgery which lasted six excruciating hours. It went well, but the following few days in Intensive Care were just as critical in terms of his survival and quality of life. A myriad of surgeons, consultants, doctors, radiographers and nurses worked tirelessly to tend to his little body's response to such invasive surgery.
On January 3rd, after only two weeks, Ade and Hannah were able to bring Oscar home. Thanks to the dedication and specialist knowledge of the highly trained and caring hospital staff, Oscar is doing really well and will hopefully grow up to have a happy and healthy life, with annual checkups to ensure everything is still ok with his heart. He may need further interventions later on but for now his scar is fading and Oscar is busy exploring the world like any other baby.
Please give as much as you can to help support the amazing staff who perform mind boggling miracles on a daily basis.
Thank you in advance from Bristol South CC, Adam, Ed, James, Ade, Hannah, and of course Oscar.
Bristol South Cycling Club
RideLondon 100mile Cycle For Bristol Children's Hospital Cardiac Ward
Raising money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal because they helped save Oscar's life
We support Bristol Children's Hospital to save & transform lives of sick children