It is estimated that Valentine’s Day was valued at over £361 million to the retail sector in the UK in 2019 and consumers are expected to spend even more this year for their loved ones.

London based children’s cardiac charity, Chain of Hope is offering a unique opportunity for you to mend a heart in the real sense this Valentine’s Day and throughout the month of February, which is celebrated internationally as heart month.

This Valentine’s period the charity is urging individuals or corporate donors to donate to Chain of Hope in their loved one’s name in lieu of gifts or flowers. This donation will go towards providing complex heart surgery for a child in desperate need. Donations can be made via www.chainofhope.org or by calling 020 7351 1978 or sending an email to emily@chainofhope.org.

Arjeta from Kosovo with Felicity Kendal

Founded in 1996 by the ‘King of Hearts’ Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub OM, FRS, Chain of Hope has been providing life-saving heart surgery and medical treatment for children from war-torn and developing countries who would otherwise find it almost impossible to receive the treatment they deserve.

In 2019, Chain of Hope directly treated 267 children from over 20 countries who were suffering from life-threatening heart disease and the charity is expected to reach even more children this year.

Actress, Felicity Kendal who is an Ambassador for the charity has given her support to the valentine’s day campaign.

Felicity said:

“I am urging individuals to donate to the charity in their loved one’s name as a special valentine’s day gift this year.

“It happens to be my husband’s birthday 14th February and his life was saved by heart surgery. He is not young, but it was a miracle. How much more amazing to save the life of a child with heart surgery, it’s a miracle we can help happen and we must.” 

Your donation could help make a difference and save a child’s life.