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Olius the Octopus Brings Joy and Awareness to Dolphin Ward During Heart Month.

How Olius Symbolises Resilience and Support for Heart Heroes.
14 Feb 2024
Written by Amy Ely
United Kingdom
General News
Heart Heroes Mascot Olius the Octopus during a visit to Bristol Children's Hospital
Heart Heroes Mascot Olius the Octopus during a visit to Bristol Children's Hospital

In a heartwarming visit to the Dolphin Ward, Olius the Octopus, the beloved mascot of our organisation, spread joy and awareness among patients and staff alike. Accompanied by Amy (Heart Heroes Engagement Lead), Nicola (Heart Heroes Family Support Worker), and trustee and Dolphin Ward, Ward Sister Zoe, who sweetened the visit with delightful cakes, Olius made a significant impact during this special occasion.

But why is our mascot called Olius? Olius holds a profound significance as an anagram of Louis, paying homage to the first person to receive a human heart transplant. This connection serves as a powerful reminder of the journey and resilience embodied by our Heart Heroes and their families.

Moreover, the choice of an octopus as our mascot is intentional, as these creatures share many characteristics with our Heart Heroes and their support systems. Octopuses are known for their cleverness, intelligence, and resilience, always seeking solutions and moving forward despite challenges. They also possess three hearts, symbolising the strength and determination inherent in those facing heart-related health issues.

Furthermore, the six arms and two legs of an octopus serve as a meaningful representation of the support network surrounding a Heart Hero during their journey. From family and friends to nurses, surgeons, and everyone in between, these individuals play crucial roles in providing care and encouragement throughout treatment, procedures, and recovery.

As Olius continues to make appearances in various wards and communities, it serves as a beacon of hope and solidarity, reminding us all of the power of unity and support in the face of adversity.

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