it isn’t VERY long ago that the very future of children’s heart surgery in Leeds was under threat.
Thanks to years of campaigning, not least by families of children seriously ill with heart conditions, the unit was saved.
Now a £500,000 campaign has been launched to raise much-needed funds over the next two years.
It is an important appeal because, if it succeeds, it will enable the service to meet national standards.
Leeds General Infirmary-based charity the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has committed £1.25m to create a new theatre and today launched the Keeping the Beat appeal to collect the further £500,000 needed.
There is no doubt that Leeds boasts one of the best heart units anywhere in the UK, with patients travelling from within Yorkshire and much further afield.
The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit is the fourth busiest in the country, with at least 10,000 babies and children from Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire passing through it every year.
Raising £500,000 is never easy.
But the people of Leeds are known for their generosity for worthwhile causes. And if the people behind this campaign show the same resolve they displayed when the unit was threatened, the target will be achieved.