LNOF Charity Salesathon for CHUF

About the Heart Unit

The enormity of a heart transplant is something that most of us won’t ever have to think about, never mind the idea that a child, or even a baby, would need this life-saving surgery. We have been completely blown away by the dedication and strength of everybody at the Children’s Heart Unit, from the staff to the families whose lives they impact, but most of all, the brave children themselves.

The painted shed 'ticket booth' in the Children's Heart Unit garden

The 'ticket booth' in the Children's Heart Unit garden

The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle is one of only two centres in the UK that offers paediatric cardiology treatment of this level and CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Fund) is the inspirational charity that raises the vital funds needed to support it. The unit provides world-class care and is devoted to taking care of critically ill babies, children and young people, and even babies inside the womb. The team at the Children’s Heart Unit do incredible work and, because of them, even the children with the most complicated of defects are now expected to survive, and they also offer advice, support and guidance to families through this daunting experience.

Visiting the Hospital

As a north-east based company, we have always wanted to give something back to the region that we’re so proud of and, after we learnt about the amazing work that CHUF do, we knew that we would find no cause more deserving.

Chris Gray, Head of Fundraising for CHUF

Chris Gray, Head of Fundraising for CHUF

We had arranged to visit the hospital and, truth be told, found ourselves somewhat daunted by the prospect of what would likely be a very difficult and emotional afternoon – which was compounded with the guilt of knowing that, as visitors, we were facing far less difficulty than of all the people on that unit. Yet, although it was emotional, the resounding positivity that ran throughout the unit was overwhelming. The staff were all smiling, upbeat and friendly - you could sense the pride they had in working there - and the children were happy and having fun together in the play room.

It was humbling to get such high praise from Chris Gray, the Head of Fundraising for CHUF: ‘The dedication and determination of the entire team at Last Night of Freedom has greatly impressed us. They were insistent on visiting the unit ahead of their ‘salesathon’ to see how and where their funds would be spent.’

LNOF Salesathon

CHUF Poster

Invaluable support from CHUF

Which brings us to… the Last Night of Freedom Salesathon on Friday 20th March 2015. To help raise money for CHUF, we’re going to stay up way past our bedtime in a 24-hour Salesathon from 8am – 8am, with an old-fashioned slumber party at the LNOF offices. Naturally, we’ll all be donning our best pyjamas for the occasion, and will be taking calls and orders throughout the night, donating a percentage of every sale to the wonderful team at CHUF.

Support LNOF and CHUF

LNOF at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle

LNOF at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle

The work that takes place at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital is extraordinary and truly changes lives.To support this exceptionally worthy cause, we will also be taking donations over the phone during our Salesathon – keep an eye out fordetails on our social media channels – but you can donate at any time on our Just Giving page here.

About the Author

Matt set up Last Night of Freedom in 1999 whilst studying Business Studies at Manchester Met Uni. Fast forward 25 years, he now manages a team of 30+ staff with over 200 years industry experience between them. Matt and his team have arranged over 50,000 stag & hen weekends. Acting as a prominent voice for the industry, Matt has featured on BBC, CNN, Forbes and The Sunday Times. Not only that, he’s worked with Foreign & Commonwealth & Development Office as a stag and hen industry adviser to the British government. He’s a member of Entrepreneurs’ Forum and an expert in financial and package travel regulations. He’s also very good at table football and will thrash you if you challenge him to a game.

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