Heart baby fundraiser makes thousands

A fundraising event on Saturday has raised thousands to help children with heart defects and their families.

A SUPPORT group for children with heart defects has raised thousands for Bristol Children’s Hospital and been overwhelmed with support.

The North Devon Heart Babies group fundraiser on Saturday raised �2,610 for Ward 32, which helps children suffering with heart problems.

Kay Adams, one of the organisers, said: “It was such a fantastic day and we were so overwhelmed by the support we had; we were jam packed from start to finish.

“The Braunton Slimming World group has also raised �300 for us doing a sponsored walk from Braunton to the Tarka Tennis Centre.

“That left us about �100 short of the �3,000 mark, so parents and families in the group have all said they will chip in to round it off.”

As well as fun and games for young and old, those at the event held a one-minute silence for 17-year-old Ashley Henry, who lost his fight with congenital heart problems earlier this year while waiting for a transplant.

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Kay said: “We were really touched that Ashley’s mum Nicola and his family came to the event after all they have been through, and we had a little tribute table for him at the event.”

The money raised will go towards purchasing two new saturation monitors for parents to take home and use, as well as comfortable chairs for the ward and essential kitchen items for the parent’s room.

Kay added: “We really want to thank everyone who helped and supported us, donated items, sponsored us or contributed in any way.”

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