Project information

Echocardiogram For Congenital Heart babies

To purchase an Echo machine for children and babies born with Congenital Heart disease in the Durham area

March 2017 - June 2017

Charity information: Children's Heart Unit Fund

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  • Need


    The lack of an Echo machine in the Durham hospital
    Currently families have to travel out of their home area to receive full diagnosis
    endure long waiting times , increased stress levels , greater risk to the children


    1. Quicker diagnosis , more accurate and locally 2. Echo images can be sent quickly to the regional Centre for quicker diagnosis reducing family travel 3. Reduction of waiting times and enhance survival rates 4. Increased parental confidence 5. Diagnosis is a stressful period for all parents , early diagnosis helps relieve stress levels and the need for ongoing psychological support

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Assist survival rates


    » Fundraise and Purchase the machine

    Work closely with the Cardiology team and request regular reports

    Aim 2

    Reduce waiting times for diagnosis


    » purchase the machine

    Record waiting times and compare to previous data

    Aim 3

    increase parental confidence


    » Purchase the machine

    Speak with parents about their experience's

  • Impact


    500+ babies per year will be treated and diagnosed

    This will assist their long term prognosis due to early detection

    Data capture


    We do not foresee risks with this project , the machine will not be purchased until all funds have been secured


    We will communicate with donors and ask how they wish to receive future communications , e mail , letters , reports
    As with all of our projects we will invite donors to visit the heart unit and see the machine in action and also speak with supported families

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £58,000 cost of machine purchase of machine

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Barclays £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    this is one of 6 outlying hospital in our region

    all heart units are supported by our main centre in Newcastle


    Each machine has a life span of approximately 5 years
    500 babies will be supported each year , a total of 2500+

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The core aims of our charity are to support babies and children with congenital heart disease
    I am not aware of any other charity whose core aims are to support the heart units in the North East of England

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Asha Nair Cardiologist At Durham Hospital

    Leading Cardiologist at Durham Hospital

    Chris Gray Chief Executive At The Children's Heart Unit Fund

    Lead Fundraiser and contact for donors

    Sam Moralee, Val Wilkinson , Suzanne Smith

    Fundraising support team


£20 funds an overnight wash bag for families who stay at the hospital overnight