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Little Hearts Matter at EHS

17 February 2017

On Tuesday 14 February, Valentine’s Day, the whole school community joined together in support of the half a heart charity ‘Little Hearts Matter’.

Girls and staff attended the school day dressed entirely in red in exchange for a donation to the Edgbaston-based charity which exists to support children, young adults and families affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition.

There were a number of other activities to mark the occasion. At break time, girls gathered on the playground for a group photograph, Senior School students staged a special bake sale to help bolster funds raised, selling an assortment of home-made Valentine’s themed cakes complete with bright red frosting and red glitter, and Prep girls completed crafts using the theme of hearts.

Our ‘red day’ followed what was an interesting and thought-provoking whole school assembly on Monday from Dr Linda Edwards of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who delivered a presentation about her work with paediatric cardiology patients.

Through our charity day EHS aimed to show support for a member of the Prep School staff who has been directly affected by this issue. Mrs Holliday’s son was born last year with a serious heart condition and underwent surgery just 24 hours after being delivered. Surgeons at Birmingham Children’s Hospital were able to successfully ‘rewire’ his heart to construct a new aorta, to allow the right side of his heart to pump blood round the body and during this period and since, Little Hearts Matter has shown the family invaluable support.

Rachel Lewis, the charity’s Fundraising Manager, commented: “Little Hearts Matter is a small but national charity offering support to anyone affected by a single ventricle heart condition, or half a working heart. As a small charity, we rely entirely on our fantastic donors and fundraisers so we’re absolutely delighted that Edgbaston High School for Girls has decided to hold this event in support of us.”

We are delighted that the amount raised so far is upwards of £1,650 and we are very grateful for all of the support shown.

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