Dad’s help for hospital heart unit which saved his daughter’s life

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A PROUD dad is set to hand over £3,000 to the heart unit that saved his daughter’s life.

Andrew Brown has helped raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman’s Hospital, in Newcastle, after eldest daughter Lacey Toni underwent two life-saving operations before her first birthday.

She went under the knife at just eight days old to repair a hole in her heart before being operated on again at eight months to stabilise a life-threatening heart condition.

Parish council worker Andrew, 38, said: “I am very proud to be able to help the charity and possibly save more lives.

“I could not do it without the help and support from the people around me. I honestly thought it would be about £100, but I am holding a cheque for £3,000 and there is more to be done.

“Everyone is always asking how Lacey is and it is really touching.

“We know everyone just wants her to be all right, and everything we do is helping towards making sure that other families don’t have to go through the heartache that myself and Dawn did.”

Andrew has now raised more than £5,000 for the unit following two charity football games and numerous other events.

Andrew, who lives in Tyne Terrace, Easington Colliery, with partner Dawn Corner and second daughter Layla Cara, added: “We are very proud and blessed to have such a wonderful community around us.”