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Students show heart to give appeal a boost
THEY took the charity into their hearts.
Now students at the University of Southampton have raised more than £300 for the Daily Echo-backed Wessex Heartbeat High 5 appeal, in just two weeks during Freshers’ Fortnight.
The cause was chosen as one of three to be supported by the university’s fundraising organisation Raise and Give (RAG) during this academic year, along with Motor Neurone Disease and Medicins sans Frontieres.
The money will help the charity reach the final £100,000 needed to bring a new state-of-the-art cardiac unit for people aged 16 to 30- years-old to Southampton General Hospital.
The specially designed unit will improve the hospital experience for thousands of young people born with heart problems by bridging the gap between adults and children’s wards.
Currently, babies and children are treated at Ocean Ward, but once they turn 16 they have to go to an adult ward where the majority of patients are elderly and have a different form of heart disease.
Youngsters who have been treated in these wards have said they felt frightened, lonely and isolated throughout the duration of their stay, and being treated in these wards can add stress to both the patients and their families.
Wessex Heartbeat’s CEO Alison Farrell and commercial manager Ken Wilde joined cardiac nurses from the Wessex Cardiac Centre visited the university during Freshers’ Fortnight to raise awareness for their cause and test students’ blood pressure.
Alison said: “The student organising team was fantastic and we were delighted, not just to be chosen for the Big Give, but also to be invited to meet some of the Freshers and offer them an opportunity to see how their blood pressure was faring at the start of their student life.
“Now on our ‘Final Push’ for the last £100,000 for a new unit for young people with heart conditions, this boost to our fundraising comes at just the right time and even better – once more it is young people supporting young people.
“We are extremely grateful to the students for taking our High 5 Appeal to their hearts.”
Wessex Heartbeat is urging more people to donate or fundraise to help them meet their final target.
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