A Leeds mum whose daughter had life-saving open heart surgery has backed a national charity’s plea for singers to sign up for a fundraising campaign.
Heart Research UK is calling on performers in West Yorkshire to Sing for Your Heart – which bosses hope will be its biggest fundraising event of the year.
Singers, choirs, music groups and performers are invited to host their own event in the run up in December to raise cash for the charity.
Mum Vicky Dalby, of Spen Bank, West Park, has urged people to help the charity because her two-year-old daughter Imogen would not be here today without vital research which helped saver her life.
Imogen needed open heart surgery at six months old after it was discovered her chest infections were more serious than first thought. After going through a seven-hour operation to correct a rare heart condition, she was put on a life support machines.
She has now made a full recovered and recently started nursery school.
Vicky said: “Everyone can get involved with Sing for Your Heart which is not only fun in the run up to Christmas but raises money to help others like Imogen.”
Choirs and performers currently lined up to sing in West Yorkshire are the Jewish Community Choir, Leeds Vocal Movement, Hawksworth Wood Primary School, Leeds People’s Choir, Sally’s Army, Dukes Ukulele Stars and Alwoodley Community Choir.
But Heart Research UK wants performers to set up their own events by using information which are on its website.
Barbara Harpham, director of Heart Research UK, said: “Everyone can Sing for their Hearts, whether you’re in a band, choir or just partial to a bit of karaoke.
“It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, family and colleagues to have fun and raise money for Heart Research UK.”
For details, visit the website at: www.heartresearch.org.uk/singforyourheart or phone 0113 297 6202.