Melton mum to run half marathon for Heart Link children’s charity

Parents Craig and Dani Woodward with daughter Poppy-May EMN-160208-165146001
Parents Craig and Dani Woodward with daughter Poppy-May EMN-160208-165146001
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A Melton mum who has joined the fight to save Glenfield Hospital’s children’s heart unit from closure is running a half marathon in aid of a charity which supports the centre and families like hers.

Dani Woodward (28) will be running next month’s Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise funds for Heart Link, a charity made up of parents of children with congenital heart disease with the aim of supporting each other and raising funds for medical equipment and projects at the Glenfield.

Dani’s four-year-old daughter, Poppy-May, was born with a rare heart condition and a hole in her heart. She’s had two surgeries at the Glenfield and will need to have ongoing surgery for the rest of her life.

Dani said: “Heart Link is a wonderful charity which has funded so much research and equipment over the years and continues to. Poppy-May has several surgeries ahead of her and I know with Heart Link supporting families like us, things will be made a little easier during such a scary time.”

Dani, who will be running the half marathon on September 25, is also urging Meltonians to sign the petition calling for the children’s heart unit to be saved. If 100,000 people sign it it could be debated in Parliament. It follows NHS England’s decisi on to close the centre. It says the unit doesn’t meet all the requirements under agreed new commissioning standards for congenital heart disease services.

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