Make, bake, sew and sell for children with only half a working heart

Here at Little Hearts Matter we support some of the bravest people we know – our heart warriors and their families. These extraordinary children go through open heart surgery at just a few days old and will need several more complicated operations as they get older. Born with half a heart, their amazing surgeons literally handmake a working heart for them.


We need your help to celebrate these amazing children and their handmade hearts so that we can continue to support them and their families. We’re asking you to make, bake, sew and sell your own “Handmade Hearts” – heart shaped cookies, bath bombs, keyrings, cakes – the only limit is your imagination!

Whether you sell your goodies at a craft fair, have a cake sale at work or challenge your friends to a bake off, you will play a huge part in raising the essential funds we need to run our telephone support line, produce essential health and lifestyle information to help families navigate the unique challenges of life with half a heart, and hold events so that no-one has to feel alone on their half a heart journey.

Here are some of our favourite Handmade Hearts from previous years to give you some inspiration:



How to get involved:

  • What to make:
    Anything heart themed! Cakes, cookies, keyrings, bookmarks… the possibilities are endless. A good starting point is to think about what you would buy and go from there. Our Handmade Hearts fundraising pack is full of great tutorials and recipes for you to try out.
  • Where to sell them:
    You can make your event as big or as small as you like. How about holding a bake sale in your office, selling keyrings to your friends or having a table at a church sale or craft fair?
  • Set the date:
    Choose a date for your Handmade Hearts sale and let everyone know about it! Use the posters in your pack to help promote it and don’t be afraid to shout about it on social media too.
  • Send in the funds you have raised:
    See this page for details. Make sure you let us know the best address to send your thank you letter to!

Remember to sign up below and get your free Handmade Hearts pack

Our fun Handmade Hearts fundraising pack is full of ideas, tips, tutorials and resources to help make your Handmade Hearts sale amazing. Get yours by filling in this form:

Handmade Hearts sign up form

Fill out the details below and receive everything you need to hold your very own Handmade Hearts sale for children with only half a heart!

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    Open Heart Surgery during Lock-down | LHM parent member Rose shares some uplifting words for us.

    "We were very apprehensive about this surgery as the last one he had was a very long recovery. He literally has made so many people proud, Naayt had his open heart surgery on the 11th June and was discharged 11 days later... home! yes, home!"

    "I couldn't believe it either. You will be so amazed at how pink they are after this surgery and its so lovely to see. The only thing that stops them is the drains which he had 1 left in literally 3 days before discharge and his inr being in range which happened on the day he was allowed home."

    "These kids are so amazing and I am so amazed at how fast they can recover and get through these operations."

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    In 1994 ‘Left Heart Matters’ was a team of volunteers, supporting families whose children had a life-threatening diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. At the time, Birmingham Children's Hospital and Charity was the only centre treating for this rare condition.

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