Dean arrived at Hyde Park at 11am with family and friends, and met up with 16 fellow Longboarders ready for the day’s adventure. After a brief warm up session they set off, charging past Dean’s dad, who filmed the ride. En route, they passed the Royal Brompton to thank the staff there who had performed open heart surgery on his daughter exactly a year before. They then zoomed on dodging buses and keeping up with central London traffic. Dean arrived back to whistles and cheers from his supportive family and friends.
The proud father of heart child Olivia explains why he did this event for CHF:
“My drive for this event was our daughter Olivia who was born with a serious heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. At just a few hours old we were told there were problems. Our daughter was taken to the neonatal ward and it took a few days to understand what was going on. After 10 days at Hillingdon hospital and a visit to the Royal Brompton, Tetralogy of Fallots was confirmed which totally blew us away! On 8 July 2010 Olivia had open heart surgery which was a real success.
During this time, we turned to different organisations for help and support in understanding the situation and CHF really helped. The information we then had actually helped us to help another family to get through their daughter’s Tetralogy of Fallots operation approximately one month after Olivia’s.”
CHF have been happy to support Dean and his family through this experience and are so grateful that he has made such a brilliant fundraising effort which means CHF will be able to support more heart families in the future.
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