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A fundraising day is being held at The Old Station Nursery, Lincoln, tomorrow after a local couple were inspired to raise money for other parents whose children have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease.
Parents Stacey and Mick Whiteley know all about the disease after their child Logan Whiteley, who attends the nursery, had to undergo major open heart surgery just ten days before his first birthday, after doctors confirmed his Fallots Tetralogy (congenital heart disease) condition at six weeks old.
The event will be the second ‘Red Day’ held by the nursery, looking to support the work of the KEEPTHEBEAT charity who “gives hope to broken hearts” by raising money for the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre, at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.
The general public are invited to attend, with a range of activities organised for children to enjoy and a raffle to win prizes donated by local businesses. The prizes include an Audi for the weekend, a flatscreen TV, a Kindle and a day pass for six people to CenterParcs.
Delighted with the nursery’s contribution to their fundraising efforts, Stacey Whiteley said: “The Old Station Nursery has been fantastic with Logan and helping to support this charity event. KEEPTHEBEAT is a really wonderful charity which is why we want to continue to raise money for them. It’s also really important that we raise awareness about the condition and the help that’s out there. His operation was on 22nd April 2010, so we will try to hold the event as close to that day as possible from now on.
“Logan is just like any other little boy now – you would never know he had such a serious condition with how bubbly he is. We’re so proud of him.”
Red balloons, donated by Party Planet in Lincoln, will be released by the nursery in order to symbolise the one in every twenty-five families who have a heart condition.
The senior nursery nurse Eileen Castleton spoke ahead of the event, saying: “This is a charity very close to one of our little boys in the Little Gems room and we have decided to open the event to the public so that we can raise even more money.”
Image: the Whiteley family, courtesy of Shooting Star PR