Wessex Heartbeat thanks Carnival UK for ‘tree-mendous’ fundraising

Carnival UK has sailed right past its target of raising £20,000 for Wessex Heartbeat

John Munro, chief executive of Wessex Heartbeat (back left) and David Noyes chief exec of Carnival UK (back right) with children from St Francis School in Chandler's Ford.

John Munro, chief executive of Wessex Heartbeat (back left) and David Noyes chief exec of Carnival UK (back right) with children from St Francis School in Chandler’s Ford.

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In a festive event at Carnival House in West Quay Road HQ, (December 8, 2016) John Munro, the chief executive of the Wessex Heartbeat, told staff from P&O Cruises and Cunard: “When you first set yourselves the target of raising £20,000 for us, I have to say that I thought it was ambitious.

“But less than a year later, you have passed that total and are still going.”

He continued: “We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

“Not only are you raising money for our work in funding the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton Hospital,

Carnival staff have also been to Heartbeat House this year and carried out invaluable work, decorating and gardening and making our home from home for heart patients’ families even more welcoming.”

Since it began fundraising in 1992, Wessex Heartbeat has raised more than £13 million to provide crucial improvements at the Cardiac Centre as well as cutting-edge equipment, clinical education and research.

In 2017 the charity aims to fund a Cardiac Day Case Lounge and Heartbeat Health Suite at the hospital.

It will also support pioneering research by the hospital’s LifeLab into how nutrition can improve the lifelong health of the region’s schoolchildren.

These three projects alone will require £420k of fundraising.

Hundreds of Carnival UK staff gathered in the atrium of Carnival House for the Wessex Heartbeat celebration, which also featured festive songs and carols from pupils of St Francis School in Chandler’s Ford.

David Noyes, chief executive of Carnival UK, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to support Wessex Heartbeat and to know the money we have raised this year will be used to help such amazing projects.”

For the second consecutive year Carnival UK is also using its Christmas tree to light up the lives of heart patients.

David Noyes explained: “In return for a donation to Wessex Heartbeat, our staff and visitors will be able to inscribe a heart with a personal message and put it onto the Christmas tree in memory of a loved one. We hope many people will show their support and cover our tree with hearts.”

Mr Noyes later led pupils from St Francis School in a countdown before illuminating the Christmas tree lights.

There are many ways to support Wessex Heartbeat. For more information  email: info@heartbeat.org.uk or phone: 023 8070 6095.

www.heartbeat.co.uk

For Wessex Heartbeat media enquiries contact Debbie Granville at Deep South Media on: 07884 657782 or email: debbie.granville@deepsouthmedia.co.uk

Photo caption:

Carnival UK chief executive David Noyes and Wessex Heartbeat chief executive John Munro pose with young singers from St Francis Primary School in Chandlers Ford.

Wessex Heartbeat-funded projects to date have included the Young Adult Cardiac Centre, a £1 million refurbishment of the children’s ward, the building of a state-of-the-art education and conference centre and providing a paediatric intensive care ambulance and Babypod.

In 2016 the charity also celebrated 21 years of offering free, home-from-home accommodation at Heartbeat House for patients’ relatives.