Matt keeps running to support young people with half a working heart

Friend of LHM, Matthew Abbott, is currently in the midst of an incredible charity fundraising project that will see him complete 5 Rat Race challenges before the end of the year, a total of 182 miles covered and 26,101ft of ascent!

Matt started the challenge in June with the aim of raising £750 for Little Hearts Matter. He is already very close to smashing his target which comes at no surprise, this is a challenge of truly epic proportions.

Matt chose to raise money for LHM because of his close links to our support work, he said: “Good friends of ours have been supported by LHM over the last 5 years. Their beautiful son, Charlie, was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, at the age of 5 he has already been through three open heart surgeries. We have seen how this condition affects Charlie on a daily basis and we want to help make the invaluable support work of Little Hearts Matter possible.”

Liz, mum to Charlie, said: “Little Hearts Matter is the only charity that supports families specifically with children who have half a heart and without them we would have felt extremely lost and alone on this journey.” 

This challenge includes some incredible feats of physical stamina and endurance, including a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and running to the summit of mount Snowdon. It is quite clear that Matt is a fitness enthusiast, so we are honoured that he has chosen to incorporate some much needed fundraising into his bucket list of challenges.

As a non-profit organisation, with no government support, we are still feeling the financial impact of covid-19. As our membership grows, someone needs to be there to help LHM families feel less isolated. It is generous people like Matt who are helping to make this brighter future a reality. Thank you so much.

If you would like to support this fundraiser, please click here to make a donation.

If you have been inspired by Matt’s challenge and would like to fundraise for Little Hearts Matter, please get in touch with our friendly fundraising team, we would love to hear from you, click here to get started. 

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