Leeds Male Voice Choir to sing for heart charity

SINGERS: Leeds Male Voice Choir in rehearsal for their charity singsong at Leeds Trinity shopping centre.
SINGERS: Leeds Male Voice Choir in rehearsal for their charity singsong at Leeds Trinity shopping centre.
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The Leeds Male Voice Choir are doing a fundraising singsong after being touched by the plight a little boy who had a heart transplant.

The singers were inspired to sing for the British Heart Foundation after hearing the story of Max Johnson, nine.

Max was diagnosed with the inherited heart condition Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

The condition, which currently has no cure, resulted in Max going into heart failure.

This summer, after waiting months for an organ 
donor, Max, from Cheshire, had the successful transplant operation and has recovered enough to leave hospital and return home.

Now, his uncle Daniel Taylor, who has been with Leeds Male Voice Choir for four years, is planning a festive fundraiser in Christmas jumpers at Leeds Trinity shopping centre this Saturday at 1pm and 2.30pm.

Mr Taylor said: “When the choir learnt of Max’s situation, we wanted to do whatever we could to support the BHF’s work.

“My nephew is alive and healthy today, but we want to help raise funds to support more research and help other families who have been affected by heart disease.”

It’s estimated that around 600,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene which puts them at an unusually high risk of developing inherited heart disease or dying suddenly at a young age. The BHF is aiming to raise more than half a million pounds this Christmas.

Max’s mum, Emma, said: “We are really grateful to Dan and his choir for singing to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Max is recovering very well and we are looking forward to having a special Christmas this year.”