Valentine’s fundraiser for heart charity

Rosie Wheldal, with husband Jim, Samuel (centre), Lucie-May, Ollie, and Sarah
Rosie Wheldal, with husband Jim, Samuel (centre), Lucie-May, Ollie, and Sarah

A MOTHER whose son was born with a heart defect plans to raise funds for the charity which offered the family vital support when they needed it.

Rosie Wheldal, 33, of Collinswood Drive, St Leonards, has been the driving force behind a Valentine’s event in aid of the Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation (ECHO).

Her son Samuel, nine, was born with a congenital heart defect, Tetraology of Fallot, and required open heart surgery aged six months.

She said: “ECHO offers families support so they feel that they are not alone.

“Even nine years later they are there when we need them.”

Mother of four, and a family organiser for Home Start, Rosie also hopes to raise awareness of a condition that affects one in 145 live births, yet many people do not know much about.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 4, at the Horntye Park centre, off Bohemia Road, starting at 8pm, and features Elvis act “Scott Elvis”.

Tickets costing £10 on the door or £8 in advance can be bought by calling 07776 198744.