What an exciting summer we have had with London 2012, but with all the action now over and autumn on the way we are remembering that the summer also brought an exciting mile stone right here at Pennies.

Ellen Knight - Wallace & Gromit's Grand AppealIt marked a full year since toyshop chain The Entertainer switched on Pennies to fundraise for four children’s hospitals across the country. Customer generosity has been heartwarming with an average of nearly £3,000 a week being donated bringing the total to date to an incredible £175,000. That money is already making a difference to children’s lives at all the recipient hospitals including Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Your pennies have helped the hospital’s fundraising charity Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal to reach a momentus £1million campaign goal in the past year.

With such an achievement already under their belt we wanted to share with you the charity’s latest appeal that will help young patients who have heart conditions like one-year-old Ellen Knight.

Ellen owes her life to the hospital’s cardiac team after undergoing lifesaving eight hour surgery when she was just eight days old. Ellen was born with two major heart defects: the arteries to her heart were positioned the wrong way around and she had a hole in her heart.

The newly launched Children’s Heart Appeal will help many other children like Ellen receive the care they so need. With a target of £1 million it will create a new, ‘cardiac hybrid theatre’, which will revolutionise treatment for young cardiac patients.

The new Hybrid Theatre will be the first of its kind in the South West of England and will comprise a state of the art operating suite that will allow a combination of medical procedures, from X-rays to open heart surgery, to take place in one theatre space.

Ellen’s father Richard Knight, who is also fundraising for the new appeal said: “Without her heart operation, Ellen would not be with us now and so we want to give something back and encourage others to donate to this vital cause.”

To find out more or to make a donation to the Children’s Heart Appeal, visit www.grandappeal.org.uk or call 0117 9273888.

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