Teenage heart patient organises fundraising concert
After having open heart-surgery at Evelina London last year, 17-year-old Joel Mulley-Goodbarne decided to channel his passion for music into raising money for the hospital.
As part of his music A-Level, Joel and some of his classmates organised a music show held earlier this month and he donated all of the funds raised on the night to Evelina London, amounting to nearly £700.
‘I wanted to give something back to the hospital because I feel that a lot of the work that the hospital does goes unnoticed – and especially as it is one of the leading hospitals in heart surgery.’
Joel put on the event at his school, Longfield Academy in Kent, and hosted performances from a variety of bands, choirs, duets and solo acts.
The evening show brought together all kinds of musical talent ranging in age from 11-year old pupils to class teachers. As well as singers, there were performers playing the drums, keyboard, guitar, bass and saxophone. Around 100 people came to watch the show which featured old and new chart-topping hits from a mix of genres.
Joel has been a patient at Evelina since 2011 but has always been monitored locally from birth due to a heart condition. Last summer, Joel needed treatment at Evelina London to have an aortic valve replacement as it had stopped functioning properly. The aortic valve controls the flow of blood out of the heart.
‘Previously I have done fun runs, but nothing like organising my own event,’ says Joel.
He was thrilled to receive a great deal of support while preparing for the event and then on the night of the show. ‘Many friends, family and even teachers came to watch and support us on the night and helped us during the week running up to the event,’ he says.
‘The night was a huge success. The best part of it was performing in front of everyone and seeing the audience enjoying themselves – and we managed to raise over twice as much as we expected!’