Part of the door takings for the Paddy Casey live at Red Gallery will be donated to the Little Hearts Charity.
Little Hearts Matter offers support and information, and raises awareness of those affected when a child has only half a heart, due to conditions such as Complex Pulmonary Atresia, Tricuspid Atresia, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) or Double Inlet or Outlet Ventricle (Univentricular Heart).
Little Hearts Matter was originally set up in 1994 at the request of parents of children who had a life threatening diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Known initially as Left Heart Matters, a volunteer team attempted to offer support to families whose children were sent to the only centre treating this complex condition in the UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Parents felt very isolated by their children’s disease, the experimental nature of the surgery, the distances that they had to travel for treatment and the huge mortality rate that was the risk of treatment. Gradually, over the following two years, the charity grew, applying for charitable status in 1996. Other cardiac centres throughout the UK began to offer treatment and the charity’s services expanded to meet the needs of a growing membership. The services included parent-to-parent telephone support, hospital visiting and yearly information Open Days.
Membership of Little Hearts Matter
Full membership of Little Hearts Matter is open to anyone with a single ventricle heart condition, as well as their parents, grandparents, legal guardians and siblings. Members must be at least 18 years old and must be British residents or citizens. Anyone who meets these criteria qualifies for full membership which is free.
Child Membership will automatically be given to children with single ventricle heart conditions and their siblings under 18 when their parents or guardians join the charity as Full Members. Associate Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in supporting the work of Little Hearts Matter, including our professional colleagues.