Glastonbury Festival site walk will help children suffering heart problems
Dozens of children are lining up to take part in a sponsored walk round the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm to raise thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
The event – on Saturday, October 6 at Worthy Farm, Pilton – is being organised by young mum Jenny Payne from Shepton Mallet, whose baby Ellie suffered breathing problems soon after being born on Christmas Day last year.
Ellie was diagnosed with Common Arterial Trunk (Truncus Arteriosus) – causing too much blood going to the lungs and too little red (oxygenated) blood reaching the body.
Ellie had open heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital in March this year to save her life. And although her little heart has healed well she will need further heart surgery in the future.
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Since Ellie's problems were diagnosed Jenny who lives with her partner Dave, and her elder daughter Jade, at Allyn Saxon Drive, Shepton Mallet has been raising money for the British Heart Foundation's appeal.
She launched a JustGiving website which has raised more than £2,000 and is now organising the sponsored walk round Worthy Farm, with support from Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.
The one and a half mile sponsored walk round the festival site takes place on Saturday, October 6 at 10am and directions will be well sign-posted from the main road through Pilton.
Jenny said: "So far more than 100 children and parents have signed up for it. And lots of Girl Guides are coming along as a big group too. They are coming from all over Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury to take part. The response and support has been amazing,"
She hopes the event will appeal to anyone who wants to help – and who will also enjoy walking round the famous Festival site.
She suggests families might like to bring picnics and rugs and make a real day of it.
All children that register for the walk will receive a medal and a certificate.
"We would love to make the walk as big as possible so we hope lots more parents and families will want to join us.
Sponsor forms can be obtained by emailing Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01749 342229 or 07708757641
Donations can be made on Ellie's just giving page www.justgiv ing.com/BabyElliePayne1.
Jenny and her family are determined to raise as much money as possible for the British Heart Foundation and hope people might like to make donations too.
"The research and work they do is just so amazing, It's our way of thanking them for doing such a marvellous job with all the work they do," said Jenny.
"Unfortunately Ellie will need further operations when she is older as the piece she has had put in during the operation will not grow with her – so she will need operations to replace it as she gets older.
Jenny said: "We would really like heart surgery to progress further to make Ellie's next operation less invasive and reduce the risks."