Family thank Yorkhill for saving Robbie

Robbie, Hollie, Amie, Kevin and Ben with the cheque they presented to Yorkhill.
Robbie, Hollie, Amie, Kevin and Ben with the cheque they presented to Yorkhill.
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A Holytown family achieved three times their fundraising target for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.

Robbie Hughes was born with a hole in the heart and constriction of the vein, known as tetralogy of fallots.

He underwent heart surgery aged 10 days and open heart surgery aged five months, without which he wouldn’t have seen his first birthday.

Robbie’s dad Kevin took part in Tough Mudder in August along with a group of friends and Robbie’s granddad, also Kevin.

Kevin also arranged a fundraising weekend at BHS is Hamilton where he works, saw Robbie’s other grandad Robert donate a block booking of five driving lessons.

Then in September Robbie was joined by mum Hollie, sister Amie (9) and brother Ben (8) as they took part took part in Yorkhill’s first five mile walk which fell on the anniversary of Robbie’s first surgery.

Initially the family had a target of £1,000 for Yorkhill, but at the end of the their efforts raised over three times as much and last month travelled to Glasgow to donate a cheque for £3,008.

The Children’s Heart Federation has launched a petition to introduce pulse oximetry assessments for newborns.

Hollie said: “We were lucky to find out about Robbie’s heart at the 20-week scan, however having started our own support group on Facebook (Tetralogy of Fallots UK) we have learned that others haven’t been so lucky.”

To sign the petition visit chfed