Toddler opens heart with second charity event

The parents of a boy suffering a rare heart condition in Lincoln will be holding a charity fundraising event at his nursery.

The money raised will go towards KEEPTHEBEAT, which supports families going through similar circumstances.

Logan Whiteley was diagnosed with Fallots Tetralogy at six weeks old, and underwent open heart heart surgery 10 days before his first birthday.

The fundraising day at Old Station Nursery on Waterside South, will be Stacey and Mick Whiteley’s second Red Day.

Last year, the nursery raised over £265 for KEEPTHEBEAT and East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

The event will take place on April 20, just before Logan’s third birthday in May.

In addition to families using the nursery, members of the public will also be allowed to join in.

Nursery children and staff will wear red, and events include a Jo Jingles dance session, pass the heart, hunt the heart in the nursery garden and playing with red jelly.

Parents can also take part in a raffle, where prizes are donated by local businesses.

Prizes include owning an Audi for the weekend, a flatscreen TV, a Kindle and a day pass for six to CenterParcs.

Stacey said: “The Old Station Nursery has been fantastic with Logan and helping to support this charity event.

“It’s also really important that we raise awareness about the condition and the help that’s out there.

“Logan is just like any other little boy now – you would never know he had such a serious condition with how bubbly he is. We’re so proud of him.”

Senior Nursery Nurse Eileen Castleton said: “This is a charity very close to one of our little boys in the Little Gems room and we have decided to open the event to the public so that we can raise even more money.”

To make a donation to KEEPTHEBEAT, visit the charity’s website.