‘Charlie’s Angels’ fly for Evelina London and Ronald McDonald House

01 March 2018

Joanne Fisk’s great-nephew Charlie was born with a heart defect at St Thomas’ Hospital on 23 September 2013. He spent three weeks at Evelina London before being transferred to a local hospital, then discharged after a short stay.

little boy and a smiling girl holding in front of them big check with evelina logo on it
Charlie presenting his and Joanne's cheque to Jess, from our Fundraising Team

In November 2013, at just seven weeks old, he suffered heart failure and was re-admitted to Evelina London, where he stayed for about eight weeks after being fitted with a PA band.

Throughout his stay at the hospital, Charlie’s parents were put up at Ronald McDonald House – the free 'home away from home' for patients’ families.

In June 2015, he returned to Evelina London, where the expert team performed a hemi-Fontan procedure, but luckily he recovered quickly and continued to do well. He even started pre-school.

Back to Ronald McDonald House

Then, in September 2017, he returned to the hospital again where doctors performed a Fontan. Again, his family were able to stay at the new, revamped Ronald McDonald House so they could spend time with Charlie.

Joanne says, ‘Our whole family is so grateful to both the hospital and Ronald McDonald House for Charlie’s treatment and support. I decided to do my bit to raise money for the two charities.’

She adds: ‘In November, I made and sold "Charlie’s Angels" decorations at the school and club where I work, including at their Christmas fairs.

‘After that, I arranged a quiz night, which was a huge success. We had more than 120 quiz fans take part and, along with raffle tickets and collection boxes at the quiz and local pubs, we succeeded in raising a total of £2,000 for the two charities.’ 

Thanks to everyone who took part and supported Joanne’s fundraising efforts – we’re very grateful.

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