Wildcats Support Fight To Keep LGI Heart Surgery Unit Open

posted on 17 March 2011

Wakefield Wildcats are supporting the fight to keep the children’s heart surgery unit open at Leeds General Infirmary.

The unit at the Leeds Hospital provides specialist surgery and care to children from all over Yorkshire and the Humber. If the unit were to close, the hundreds of children who require life-saving surgery each year would have to travel much further afield – possibly hundreds of miles – to another facility. This could put those children’s lives in even greater jeopardy.

Sue Barlow and her daughter Ebony came down to The Rapid Solicitors Stadium this afternoon to meet John Kear and the team. Ebony suffers from a severe heart condition and has previously undergone 2 operations; the closure of the heart surgery unit at the LGI will seriously affect Ebony and her family so they are fighting hard to keep the unit open.

A petition has been created to gather support to stop the closure going ahead. All the Wildcats players, staff and coaching team have provided their signatures and are urging all fans to follow in their footsteps and help prevent the closure of this crucial unit.

General Manager Davide Longo said, “We are in full support of the petition and really hope that the unit stays open.”

“We have a close partnership with Heart Research UK here at The Wildcats so this links in with our Healthy Heart priorities. The petition will be available to sign at the home game against Leeds Rhinos on 27th March, we urge all our supporters to support the fight and give their signatures!”

To show your support please sign the petition by clicking here.

For more information on the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund visit http://www.chsf.org.uk/save-our-heart-surgery-unit

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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