Christmas is a time when people are thinking of happy times shared with their loved ones. To help celebrate the lives of loved ones no longer with us, we have created our Light up a Heart Christmas Appeal. You can make a donation online and create your very own heart of gold and message which you can share in memory of a loved one.
Your gift will not only celebrate your loved one’s life but will help us fight Wales’ biggest killer, heart disease. Every single penny we raise stays in Wales and helps us save lives. We raise money to equip local schools and communities with defibrillators and lifesaving training. We also run a heart screening programme to help identify heart problems early on.
In 2012 we suddenly lost our son Jack. Jack was a fit and healthy boy who represented Wales all across Europe on a number of occasions in Taekwondo. Jack was an A* student and had been successful in gaining a scholarship at Cardiff Sixth Form College. Jack’s death came as a complete shock to us, as Jack had never been ill. To this day, we still have had no answers to why our precious boy fell asleep.
After Jack passed away we found out that we aren’t alone and there are hundreds of other parents who have lost their dear children too. Every week, 12 young people in the UK die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Since Jack’s death we have worked in partnership with Welsh Hearts to raise money for heart screening programmes and defibrillators for schools in Wales. We have also visited schools to teach pupils and staff life saving skills and how to use their defibrillators.
We have found much comfort working with Welsh Hearts and knowing that other young people will be saved as a result of heart screening programmes and defibrillators being funded. However, facing each Christmas without Jack is extremely difficult. We would urge everyone to donate to the Hearts of Gold appeal so that no other families have to face Christmas without their children or loved ones.
From everyone at Welsh Hearts, we wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas.