Wessex Heartbeat summer ball raises thousands

Representatives and supporters of Wessex Heartbeat gathered at Eastleigh’s Concorde Club recently for the charity’s annual Summer party – raising an impressive £19,000.

Held in a beautiful marquee within the grounds of the club, the charity event was attended by 130 guests and featured entertainment from a number of performers – including harpist  Amy Pritchard, comedy Adger Brown, and Frankie Valli  & the Four Seasons  tribute, Bye Bye Baby.

Guests also heard from patients, cardiologists and surgeons from Wessex Cardiac Centre, with Luis Reyes, who has been helped over the past 25 years by Wessex Heartbeat, highlighting the importance of Heartbeat House – a home-from-home for the families of cardiac patients at Southampton General Hospital.

Nicola Viola, congenital cardiac surgeon and Tara Bharucha, consultant paediatric cardiologist, unveiled details of 3D heart modelling – a project which is expected to have a significant impact to many children’s lives, and funded by Wessex Heartbeat.

John Munro, Wessex Heartbeat’s chief executive, said:

‘I am delighted that this wonderful event raised an incredible £19,000 – and this money will help support the 3D heart modelling project. It will also be used to support Heartbeat House – for families whose loved ones are being cared for by Southampton General Hospital’s Wessex Cardiac Centre.

‘I’d like to thank all our guests and supporters for their generosity during this event and in other outstanding fundraising efforts during the course of the year.’