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National Heart Month is in February and we at Tiny Tickers, the baby hearts charity, are promoting Heart Week on 7th – 14th February 2015. Heart Week is a chance to join together to help babies born with congenital heart defects (CHD) by raising vital funds and awareness.
As many as 1 in every 125 babies in the UK has a congenital heart defect. Only one third of major heart defects are spotted during pregnancy, and another third are picked up in standard newborn hospital tests.
Terrifyingly, that means around 1,000 newborns are sent home from hospital every year in the UK with no one realising they are suffering a life-threatening condition.
Tiny Tickers is a small national charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies. Tiny Tickers provides specialist training to health professionals and sonographers so they are better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. We support parents and families dealing with a diagnosis, and we raise awareness of heart defects in babies so that parents know what signs to look out for.
When CHD is detected during pregnancy, babies get treatment from the first possible moment – and early detection is shown to greatly improve their chance of survival and long-term quality of life, and lowers the risk of side-effects of heart failure such as brain damage.
We have lots of ideas for what you can do to raise vital funds – from dress down days to the Tiny Tickers’ & Love Hearts ‘Guess How Many Sweets in the Jar’ game. Our Heart Week 2015 toolkit has everything you need to get you started and remember – every penny counts so anything you can raise will be gratefully received.
By taking part in Heart Week, you will be playing a vital role in this work so thank you! We are only a very small charity so the impact you can make is huge.