Childrens Heart Unit Fund (CHUF)
The Children’s Heart Unit Fund plays an invaluable and vital role in enabling the unit to remain at the forefront of the treatment and care of children with heart problems.
The history of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) dates back to 1979 when an inspirational lady, Ann Scott, founded the Lesley Scott Memorial Fund in memory of her 2 year old daughter who died of a congenital heart anomaly. Single handed, Ann Raised sufficient money to buy a new two dimensional echo machine for the unit. Ann was then joined by other parents who wished to help raise more funds. In the early 1980’s Ann decided it was time to change the charities name and the Children’s Heart Unit Fund became the units registered charity.
The aim of the charity is to buy equipment, facilities, aftercare and research for the Children’s Heart Unit. In recent years CHUF funds have enabled the Paediatric Intensive Care unit to be equipped with the most modern medical equipment and patient monitoring facilities. To date over £1 million has been raised for this facility.
CHUF funds also enabled the artificial heart programme to start in the late 1990’s and still makes an important contribution to the programme.
Currently CHUF is involved with funding the proposed 20 bedroom parents / family accommodation unit. CHUF will provide 50% of the funding; the remaining 50% will be funded by the Sick Children’s Trust. The fundraising committee meet on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing fundraising activities.
This committee is made up of volunteers, many of whom are parents of children who have received treatment in Newcastle.
The Children’s Heart Unit Fund, without a doubt, plays an invaluable and vital role in enabling the unit to remain at the forefront of the treatment and care of children with heart problems.
Find out more about how you can help at the CHUF website http://www.chuf.org.uk/