It was a truly great moment at our Dancing with Choirs spectacular to be able to announce that the HIGH 5 Appeal has met its £500,000 target!
Alison Farrell, Wessex Heartbeat, Chief Executive
WHAT THIS MEANS
This best of news now means the new Unit for young people with heart conditions can become a reality. We hope that by Christmas 2014 the doors will open to all those patients who have so desperately wanted and needed this great facility, and future patients will have a place specially designed for them while they are having major treatment in hospital.
This news is a fantastic tribute to all the individuals, businesses, schools & colleges, and organisations who have supported us over the past 2 years of the Appeal.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HAS HELPED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM ALL OF THE HEARTBEAT TEAM AND THE STAFF IN THE WESSEX CARDIAC UNIT.
BUT we still need your help.....
Our next job is to make sure this new Unit is kitted out with everything that will help make it feel, and be, a more normal place for people when they are having treatment often for long periods of time.
We need modern, comfortable furniture, computers, TVs & DVDs and a music centre; games consoles, a microwave and fridge for the kitchette, and the list goes on. So PLEASE do carry on fundraising - your generous support is still needed.
AND we are doing even more......
Alongside the ward for young adults, we are delighted to report that the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has made available an extra room to accommodate more mature adults with congenital heart conditions. This will mean patients having an appropriate enviroment at each stage of their lives and enjoying even greater continuity of care throughout their lives.
A FIRST in the UK......
With your help this new co-located model of care will be unique in the UK. That means people with life-long and life-limiting heart conditions treated in the Wessex Cardiac Centre will get the best possible care in the country, and that's definitely a goal worth striving for!