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