Heart Heroes first employee

Welcome Amy.

Starting her working life at a day nursery with Heart Heroes founder Kelly when she was 16, Amy Victoria Ely love of working with children soon became her passion.

Amy then continued onto other childcare jobs including nannying, after school club deputy manager to becoming a children’s holiday rep based in Majorca. Amy also had a job as an events deputy manager at a Gloucester hotel.

For the past 15 years Amy has worked in a Creche and nursery becoming children’s services manager at Nuffield Health.

We are all very excited for her to be joining the Heart Heroes team where she is looking forward to getting to know the Heart families better and carrying on with her bingo calling!!!!

Employing somebody part time to help with the running of Heart Heroes has always been our aim and even more so now as we  continue to grow and support more and more families !!

Heart Heroes Ella & Sammi

Heart Heroes founder Kelly had a lovely chat with Heart Heroes Ella and Sammi this evening.

Ella is 27,  her heart condition is Transposition of the great arteries and she has had 3 open heart surgeries.

Sammi is 28 and had coarctation of the aorta, narrowing of the pulmonary artery, multiple VSDs and a faulty valve and she’s had 4 open heart surgeries.

Both are mummy’s to two gorgeous boys. Ella and Sammi are doing a Q & A session on Thursday 23rd @ 7.30pm on what it is like growing up with a heart condition ❤️

A lovely surprise for our Heart children

So this weekend Heart Heroes was very excited to be taking 55 Heart Families on a residential weekend but sadly due to Covid this will now happen next year ❤️ Instead we have lots of our heart families joining us for bingo tonight and some will be camping in their garden for the weekend. This is alongside https://facebook.com/events/s/glasthomebury-festival-2020/243621583489596/?ti=icl
 

A huge thank you to JB Event Hire for making this happen. JB will be setting up bell tents with lights, bunting and blow up beds all disinfected to a high standard!! We have been told the children do not know about this so it will be a total surprise!!

 

Who’s behind Heart Heroes

Hello and welcome to our page. Heart Heroes was set up in 2018 to support children living with heart conditions and their families within the South West. We wanted to support by arranging events and get togethers so that families can come together to support each other. Having had a family member with CHD who sadly had passed away at 10 months old, Kelly the founder felt she wanted to give back to all the amazing heart children and families.

Kelly voluntarily oversees the running of the charity along with the team Zoe, Pete, Sarah, Jo, Rose, Amy, Gemma, Nicola and now Ella. We are based in Gloucester but have plans for a Bristol and Wales Heart Heroes hubs, all very exciting. We work closely with Bristol children’s hospital, St Michaels Bristol and the CHD Network South west. We’ve recently had a joint project with BCH and St Michaels creating Heart Patient journey folders. Also we have funded some new iPads along with iTunes vouchers for the children whilst on Dolphin ward.

You can keep up to date and receive our monthly newsletter by registering here https://heartheroes.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=b6394e19e780a7dcabd7905eb&id=2b850e51ad

Shielding update

Heart families have been shielding for over 100 days now during the pandemic. For most this is everyday life, protecting their vulnerable children from infections and viruses. This has been totally different as families have lost their support network of family, friends and professionals. Hospital visits have totally changed as only one parent allowed with the child at one time. Made even more difficult for those children having Open heart surgery during this time. However the families have adapted and coped very well. 

Here is the latest NHS update for all shielding.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/?a=1

Donation

The very kind Cotteswold Dairy, Gloucester donated £100 via Daves Tuck Shop fundraising.

It’s always nice to receive a surprise donation. This will pay to support two families for a month.