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08 December 2014

Children’s cardiac team host Christmas party for past patients

Children with heart conditions got into the spirit of Christmas this weekend as the children's cardiac team from Bristol Royal Hospital for Children hosted a party full of cheer.

Over 70 past patients, who have undergone cardiac surgery at the hospital, attended the event with parents, carers and siblings. In total, over 250 people joined in the celebrations which took place in the festively decorated party venue. The party was generously funded by Bristol Children's Hospital charity the Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal and the venue and disco kindly provided free of charge by the Royal Marriott Hotel on College Green.

Anna Shepherd from the Grand Appeal, said: "It was a pleasure to support this wonderful Christmas celebration for cardiac patients and their families and see them all having lots of fun"  

Families got the opportunity to share their experiences with each other and reunite with members of the children's cardiac team. Attendees were treated to a magical performance as well as meeting Father Christmas himself.

William Booth, Matron for children's heart services and the intensive care unit, said: "What a wonderful start to the festive season to see so many children we have treated over the past year at the Bristol Children's Hospital looking forward to Christmas with their parents and families, it makes all our hard work so very rewarding having the opportunity to celebrate with them."