Transplant girl sets up charity to help others

A Cramlington youngster who had a life-saving heart transplant at the age of seven is now looking to help others like her by setting up a charity.

Ten-year-old Rachel Hooley, from Cramlington, and her sister Kate, 13, have set up the Hearts That Matter UK charity, to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital.

Mum Eve said: “Under the supervision of their grandma Carole, they have set up Hearts That Matter UK to raise money for CHUF and to promote organ/blood donation, which they are both very passionate about.”

Rachel was just seven when she underwent a life-saving heart transplant at the Freeman hospital in February 2012 after catching a virus that sent her heart into heart failure.

Eve said: “We watched her deteriorate before our eyes before a heart became available, which, luckily for Rachel, who was on a life support machine, it did after being on the transplant list only nine days. “

Kate and Rachel are making and selling bracelets to raise funds, priced at £3 including postage and packaging. For bracelet styles visit the Hearts That Matter UK Facebook page and follow the blog at ❤️❤️