By Richard Lawrence-Allen
Charity is something that is always very close to our hearts here at RSVP, and for our first charity event of the New Year, we wanted to raise money for something truly heartfelt.
Last Friday marked this year’s Wear Red Day and we were very keen to get involved. Whilst many charities and excellent causes celebrate a Wear Red Day or similar ‘wear red’ events at different times over the course of a year, here in the UK the first Friday of February marks Yorkshire-based charity, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s (CHSF), annual fundraising event.
The CHSF work alongside the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary helping to fund ground-breaking new equipment, resources, training and research, as well as offering patients and their families the support they need.
Congenital Heart Disease is a general term used to describe a range of different birth defects that affect the normal function of the heart. These kinds of heart problems are relatively common and it is estimated that around 8 in every 1000 babies born in the UK will suffer from Congenital Heart Disease. Congenital Heart Disease can cause a variety of symptoms in children and babies including rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, swelling of the legs and around the eyes, fatigue, and cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin). There are several different forms in which Congenital Heart Disease can present such as: septal defects (a hole between two chambers of the heart), coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta, pulmonary valve stenosis (narrowing), transposition of the great arteries and an underdeveloped heart, where part of the heart does not develop enough making it difficult to pump enough blood around the entire body.
Mild defects of the heart can often be left untreated and will improve over time on their own. However, in other situations, where the defect is more complex, surgical intervention will be needed to help the heart to function normally. Modern surgical procedures are now very effective in treating Congenital Heart Disease, however, most surgery and interventional procedures are still not viewed as a cure. Patients will often need reviews in childhood and adulthood to watch for further problems with heart rhythm and valves that may develop over time.
The CHSF was established in 1988 and, since its inception, it has raised over £6 million to help those born with Congenital Heart Disease.
The staff here at RSVP were all looking stunning in red here on Friday and were generous in their donations, which we are currently totalling up now. Red is a bright and arresting colour that truly stands out, and one very synonymous with the heart, so it truly was the best colour to raise awareness for the CHSF. We had a great day and loved seeing everyone’s fabulous red ensembles. We very much look forward to our next charity event coming soon!
Our HR Team looking radical in red!
Adi is looking very chic in her red ensemble!
Wrapped up in red to keep warm!
If you would like to learn more about the CHSF and the work they do, or even make a donation yourself, please see their website here: https://chsf.org.uk/