Teenager takes on stormy seas to thank Barts Heart Centre

27 Oct 2017

Update 27/10/17: This week Lillie presented a cheque for over £1,000 to Cath Lab Manager Goncalo Fiel and General Manager Karen Donaldson of the Barts Heart Centre, along with her mum Natalie and grandad James. "Lillie is an inspiring young lady," said Goncalo. We'd like to say a huge thank you to Lillie and her family for their wonderful support and dedication in completing such an amazing challenge. You can read her story below...

After Lillie’s Granddad had a heart attack, the 14-year old decided to fundraise for the hospital that saved his life: “I wanted to raise as much money as possible for the Barts Heart Centre because every girl, no matter how old they are, needs their Granddad in their life.”

Lillie set herself a challenge where she could use her passion and skill at kayaking; a 100 mile paddle in the sea in her hometown Southend, which would make her the youngest person to cover that distance.

In late July, Lillie woke up at 4am each day and overcame tidal forces, four-foot waves, thundery showers and 25 mile per hour winds to complete her kayak challenge.

Her Granddad James (pictured with Lillie, right) was there to celebrate her crossing the finish line. Earlier this year he had the unique opportunity of meeting the team who saved his life. He said: “I can't thank the staff enough for fixing me and making it possible for me to see Lillie crossing the finish line.”

Lillie has raised over £700 so far, with all funds going to the Barts Hearts Centre where James was treated. In her Mum Natalie’s words: “She is truly amazing and has worked so hard to complete this challenge.”

We couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much Lillie for your inspiring and challenging fundraising efforts, and for supporting the patients and staff at Barts Heart Centre.

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