Big hearts want to beat ice record

Robbie with mum Hollie, dad Kevin, brother Ben (9) and sister Amie (10) are urging everyone to support BHF
Robbie with mum Hollie, dad Kevin, brother Ben (9) and sister Amie (10) are urging everyone to support BHF
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A Holytown family have their hearts set on launching a new fundraising venture - and they’re urging Times & Speaker readers to support it.

The family of toddler Robbie Hughes, who was born with Tetralogy of Fallot - a form of congenital heart disease - have been inspired by the popular ice bucket challenge as they prepare to mark his second birthday next month.

Mum Hollie and dad Kevin are hoping Times & Speaker readers will join them in taking selfies with their fingers in a love heart shape and then post them on Facebook and Twitter.

Participants are urged to text FIGHT to 70707 to donate £3 to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Hollie said: “Robbie has come a long way from being told he wouldn’t survive and facing two major heart operations to become a happy, cheeky boy who will be two in a few weeks time.

“So to help fund more research for congenital heart defects and help babies like Robbie to survive, I nominate everyone to post your heart selfie and donate to the BHF.

“Robbie is doing well right now, but he will need to be monitored for the rest of his life.

“He will also require more open heart surgery in the future to replace his valves. He may also need procedures to fix stents as his arteries weaken.

“This is why awareness is so important to us, the more awareness we can create the more funding there will be for research into less invasive treatments, and maybe one day a cure.”

For more information about the condition visit the Tetralogy of Fallots UK Facebook support group where more than 200 members offer each other help and support.