Letchworth boy, 10, raises funds for hospital which saved his life

Matthew Thompson with senior play specialist Janet Holmes from Great Ormond Street Hospital, where h

Matthew Thompson with senior play specialist Janet Holmes from Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he had life saving surgery as a baby - Credit: Archant

A YOUNGSTER has raised £1,000 and collected gifts for a hospital which performed life saving surgery on his heart.

Over half term, Matthew Thompson collected gifts and funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), 10 years after cardiac surgeons performed surgery on his heart when he was a baby.

The donation desk was held in Sainsbury’s in Third Avenue, Letchworth GC, where Matthew raised a total of £939.69. The remaining £60 was topped up by his parents.

The Pixmore Junior School student presented a cheque to cardiologist Dr Rob Yates to purchase cardiac equipment for the hospital.

Matthew was born with scimitar syndrome, a rare heart and lung condition.

He collected small gifts such as colouring sets, books, cuddly toys and activity sets to take to the hospital and give out to children on the cardiac ward.

Mum Carol said: “It was wonderful hearing all the wonderful stories from members of the public who came to donate money and gifts and who had also had experience of the great care received at GOSH by either themselves or other family/friends.”

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Matthew has been a regular out-patient at the hospital ever since his surgery, being monitored by both a cardiac consultant and respiratory consultant.

Mrs Thompson added: “He had another heart scan last week and ECG to check his heart is coping ok with the unusual blood flow, as his heart is on the right hand side and he only has one lung but, all is going well at the moment.

“A huge thank you to everyone who supported the collection and to Sainsbury’s in Third Avenue, Letchworth GC who helped GOSH continues to provide world class treatment to children like Matthew.”

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