Recognition for Rachel’s fund-raising

Rachel Hooley has been shortlisted for The British Heart Foundation 'Young Heart Hero Award'.
Rachel Hooley has been shortlisted for The British Heart Foundation 'Young Heart Hero Award'.
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A youngster who battled back from the brink of death has been shortlisted for a hero award.

Rachel Hooley was placed on a life support machine in early 2012 after being diagnosed with end-stage heart failure, being placed on the heart transplant list.

With her life slipping away, she was given the gift of life and a new heart.

Now the 12-year-old, from Cramlington, has been shortlisted for the British Heart Foundation’s Young Heart Hero Award.

Every year, Rachel goes to the Angel of The North to release balloons in memory of her dono, and has made it her mission to promote organ donation.

She has also raised more than £7,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital, plus supported a number of other charities.

Her mother Eve said: “What makes Rachel even more inspiring is that her health has been a roller coaster ride since her heart transplant.

“Rachel has developed a low immunity to infection. She needs a weekly subcut infusion of a blood product to help her fight any infections.

“Rachel lives with a life-limiting condition and wants to make the most of her life.”

“None of this holds Rachel back, she is determined to make a difference.”

The British Heart Foundation Conference and Awards will take place on July 5 in Leeds.