Connecting to LinkedIn...


Taking on the Charity Challenge for Battling Brompton Children

Taking on the Charity Challenge for Battling Brompton Children

One in 133 children in the UK are born with an abnormality of the heart, which for many parents turns the miracle of birth into their worst nightmare.

A heart transplant operation costs over &pound40,000, while the long term care of a patient with a severe heart condition can cost hundreds of thousands, or even millions of pounds.

In West London and its leafy suburbs a small charity and its dedicated fundraisers are making a big difference in the battle babies and children across the world are fighting against odds that no child deserves to face.

The Brompton Fountain is dedicated to supporting families and the children in the care of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, who are suffering with severe and life threatening heart and lung conditions.

It does everything from providing a focal point of support to parents facing the worst and praying for a miracle, to giving mum’s spending sleepless nights on the children’s ward mother’s day pampering treats and it empowers people to raise valuable funds which contribute to the outstanding care delivered by the Trust to save the lives of babies and children from across the UK, and all over the world.

Paul Bramble, a divisional manager at international technology recruitment firm Henderson Scott, first became aware of the Brompton Fountain and its work when a close friend’s baby son was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, Tetralogy of Fallot, one of the most complicated congenital heart defects affecting babies, which can only be corrected with open heart surgery.

If untreated, 30% of babies with the condition die before their first birthday, and only a tiny percentage survive to their teens. 

Fortunately, thanks to the work of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, baby Blake Paoloni underwent a successful operation at just nine months of age and his parents James and Michelle can now look forward to him growing up as a healthy little boy with every chance of living a normal life.

Inspired by the experience of baby Blake and his family and the incredible work of the Trust, Paul Bramble was inspired to take on his own challenge to raise funds for the Brompton Fountain, as part of an eleven strong team which recently took on the Nuts Adventure Challenge an assault course adventure race run by former members of the Parachute Regiment.

Paul successfully completed 14k of gruelling mud soaked running and punishing obstacle challenges, personally raising over &pound1,000 as part of a &pound7,000 team grand fundraising total. 

Henderson Scott and its employees donated over &pound800 to the team’s Brompton Fountain charity total.

Paul Bramble, divisional manager at Henderson Scott, said: “The Nuts Adventure Challenge was a real slog but it was great fun and for our team to beat our target and raise over &pound7,000 for the Brompton Fountain made all the effort and pain very worthwhile.

“Being close to a family with a baby suffering from a congenital heart defect and having to undergo open heart surgery has really opened my eyes to the trauma that this type of condition causes, along with the incredible medical care and support that is delivered by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

“The work the Brompton Fountain does to support the Trust and families going through very tough situations with children suffering from life threatening heart and lung conditions is crucial and I hope to be able to contribute more to the charity in the future.”

Mark Bailey, group managing director at Henderson Scott, added: “Paul’s efforts in completing the Nuts Adventure Challenge and in helping to raise over &pound7,000 for the Brompton Fountain have been fantastic.

“Everyone at Henderson Scott was really touched by the story of baby Blake and the work that the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust undertakes and we are delighted that Blake is happy and well following his successful operation.”


Articles similar to

Articles similar to