Legendary cricketer turned referee and commentator Dickie Bird OBE has donated an additional Â£ 15,000 to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF).
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Dickie, 88, who played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire between 1956 and 1964, has been a CHSF Ambassador since 2017 – the same year he made his first donation of Â£ 30,000.
He gave an additional Â£ 20,000 in 2019, when he visited Leeds Congenital Heart Unit (LCHU) and met with staff, patients and their families.
Speaking about his donations, Dickie explained, “I can’t think of a better use of my money than helping poor babies in the area when they need it most.” with my donation, and look forward to returning in the future.
âMy memories of the visit of these young patients treated at LCHU have remained with me and I am incredibly proud to be the ambassador of the CHSF. “
Upon handing over the check earlier this week, Dickie reunited with four-year-old Hugo Owen and his mother Natasha.
Dickie first met little Hugo Owen as a newborn baby in the pediatric cardiology department in 2017. Hugo was diagnosed with congenital heart disease known as large artery transport during the scan. 20 week old mother Natasha.
Mom Natasha said, âWe are eternally grateful to the CHSF and LCHU for the life they have given to our son. He is now 4 years old and just wouldn’t be here without the skills and dedication of the Leeds staff.
âI remember Dickie’s visit in 2017, we have a picture of us all together. When I told Hugo that we had been invited to play in Dickie Bird’s garden, he then proudly went to get his picture and his CHSF plush. “
CHSF CEO Sharon Milner explained the impact of donations, stating, âHis wonderful gift and influence in our region as an Ambassador will be felt by generations to come as our continued mission of supporting hearts for life.
“The money will make a huge difference to the Congenital Heart Unit in Leeds – its staff, future patients like Hugo and their families.”
Dickie is believed to have donated over Â£ 1million to children’s charities across the UK.
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