Help us win £50,000

24 September 2013        

Shannon

We'd love to help more young people with heart conditions meet people just like them and gain the skills and confidence they need to live rich, fulfilling lives. Help us do just that by choosing us in the Vote that Counts, a competition with a grand prize of £50,000.

Growing up is no easy feat, and growing up with a heart condition can be even more difficult.

Sometimes it can be about how your heart condition affects you physically – maybe you're not growing as fast – maybe you never will.

Sometimes it's that your friends never quite know how to treat you, and you're always that little bit different.

Changing perceptions

[email protected] is here to change all that. Teenagers with heart conditions can meet others just like them. Shannon, star of our video for the Vote that Counts, met her best friend Kate at a [email protected] event. They both have the same heart condition.

I met some of the most beautiful, funny, kind hearted people and have genuinely made some life-long friends.

Shannon
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT)

As well as meeting others who've been in similar situations, young people can take part in workshops and activities that help them gain confidence and increase their skills, setting them up for life.

And there's a fun side too. Last year we also took more than 30 young people on an adventure holiday, with zip lines, canoeing and the chance to direct and star in their own play – activities they might not ordinarily get to do.

This summer children and young people helped us plan how we'll support them in the future and at Christmas we're hosting a fantastic event at the Science Museum.

But we want to do more. We want to reach out to young people with heart conditions and give them the chance to meet people just like them.

With your vote, we'll be able to host events for 13-16 year olds we've not been able to work with before, and give our existing members the chance to gain leadership and mentoring skills as they help shape and build the programmes we run.

Help us give more young heart patients the confidence and life-long skills to reach their full potential.

Vote now