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

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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!

Raising money for

Run by Heart Link

Charity Registration No. 513946

Donations 602

Donation by Spire Homes on 06/10/15

from my lill ones. They each had a pound left from their holiday spending money.

Donation by Mandy, Owen, Danny, Amber and on 30/08/15


+ £1.00 Gift Aid

Donated in the memory of an old school friend, it's all about saving lives x

Donation by Amanda Howe on 06/08/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you my son will love the shirt

Donation by Daniel Mumford on 27/07/15


Wishing you well

Donation by Billy Millward on 25/07/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Spire Homes on 23/07/15


Money raised £1 from every cake sold to end of June 2015

Donation by Kate's Celebration Cakes Northants on 21/07/15


+ £13.25 Gift Aid


Donation by kelly Blundred on 12/07/15


+ £5.86 Gift Aid

Well done Kelly (better late than never eh!)

Donation by Natalie on 28/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Raffle from ladies night ... Nearly at 30k!! Amazing xxx

Donation by Kelly Blundred on 18/06/15


Brave little Angel

Donation by Emma on 18/06/15


£30000!!!!!!!!! £10 to go!

Donation by Willows mummy and daddy x on 18/06/15


Donation by Anonymous on 18/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Kilburn Place Raffle

Donation by Spire Homes on 18/06/15


text donation

Donation by Zoe willmott on 18/06/15


+ £0.50 Gift Aid

via sms

Rest of skydive donations xxx

Donation by Kelly Blundred on 14/06/15


+ £21.25 Gift Aid

Sponsorship money raised from my skydive

Donation by James McGowan on 10/06/15


+ £30.00 Gift Aid

Well Done Jackie!

Donation by Claire Frost on 08/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Kelly ladies night, sorry I can't be there. We'll done on the jump too. Xx

Donation by Micki on 06/06/15


Awesome effort Jackie xx

Donation by Sal on 06/06/15

Willow here is a little something towards your mountain. With love from your friend. XXX

Donation by Aimee East on 05/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

It's getting closer!

Donation by Susan & John on 05/06/15


Well done Jackie!!

Donation by nikki and Scott on 04/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well Done Jackie!

Donation by Mia on 04/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done Jackie!

Donation by Carolyn Beech on 04/06/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£29,752.44
  • Offline donations£791.00
  • Text donations£518.00
  • Total raised£31,061.44
  • Gift Aid£5,861.57

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