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 511

All the best.

Donation by Anonymous on 05/03/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 23/02/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 23/02/15

£10.00

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Wish you all the luck getting to target x

Donation by Michelle Rose on 12/02/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

From one Northampton General/Glenfield patient to another. We know first hand how amazing the unit is. Good luck with your fundraising.

Donation by Joanne Robinson on 12/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 12/02/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 12/02/15

£10.00

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I read about Willow in the Prima Baby article and it really hit home. I wish you well with your fundraising, keep up the great work!

Donation by Rachel Macdougall on 07/02/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Christmas Jumper Day at Wincanton Kettering xxxx

Donation by Wincanton Kettering on 29/01/15

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work mate

Donation by Michael and Danny on 19/01/15

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Final quarter of 2014 - £1 donation from all cakes

Donation by Kate's Celebration Cakes Northants on 09/01/15

£79.00

+ £19.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/01/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Merry Christmas x

Donation by Anonymous on 25/12/14

£10.00

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Merry Christmas to the page family

Donation by Wayne Dale on 24/12/14

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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I like round numbers

Donation by your fav cousin on 24/12/14

£98.00

+ £24.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations on all you've raised so far may 2015 be as successful!!!x

Donation by Teresa Scott on 23/12/14

£10.00

Donating instead of sending Xmas cards. Keep up the amazing work. Love ya xxxx

Donation by Kelly Blundred on 23/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

This year I'm not sending Christmas cards - instead I'm making a donation to Willow x £25 will round you up to £200 to go x Merry Christmas x

Donation by Chauneille x on 23/12/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Had to donate again. Really hope you reach 27k by Christmas Day xxx

Donation by Tracy Layland on 24/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Bev Lang on 23/12/14

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Really hoping you reach your target..very well done so far ♡

Donation by Natalie Leslie & family x on 23/12/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Happy Christmas to everyone who has donated either their money or their time to help us this year xx

Donation by Anonymous on 22/12/14

£150.00

Donating instead of sending cards

Donation by Clarke-Rogers Family on 22/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Merry Christmas

Donation by Karen on 23/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£26,902.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£427.00
  • Total raised£27,329.00
  • Gift Aid£5,329.21

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