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Fundraisers wear red for poorly Yorkshire youngsters

Fundraisers wear red for poorly Yorkshire youngsters

Published at 6:56pm 5th February 2016. (Updated at 7:18pm 5th February 2016)

People across Yorkshire have been raising money to support children with congenital heart disease.

Over 200 schools and businesses took part in the annual Wear Red Day which is organised by Children's Heart Surgery Fund.

The money will fund equipment and resources for the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit based at Leeds General Infirmary.

This year, Children's Heart Surgery Fund's focus is to support new standards created by NHS England, which are now being implemented by each centre across the country.

Amanda Douthwaite's two-year-old daughter, Elsie, was born with severe mitral regurgitation.

She said: "We have experienced the help from Children's Heart Surgery Fund first-hand and this is a fantastic way to give something back. The team at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit have provided constant support and care for Elsie since she was first diagnosed.

"We help to organise numerous events to raise money for the fund, as it's such a deserving cause, and last year the family collected over £2,000."

Sharon Coyle, Chief Executive of Children's Heart Surgery Fund, added: "At least 10,000 babies and children from Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire pass through the unit each year, with around 400 of these patients having open heart surgery.

"The aim of Wear Red Day is to raise awareness for a disease that affects roughly 12 newborn babies every day in the UK and to fundraise for vital equipment, resources and family support.

"Without the support for Wear Red Day, Children's Heart Surgery Fund would not be able to support our mission to support the new standards set by NHS England, and ensure the retention of the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit."

More information at www.chsf.org.uk