Improving the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions.

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125
babies

1 in every 125 babies born in the UK has a heart defect.

3600
babies

under one year old had heart surgery in the UK last year.

1000
newborns

Leave hospitals in the UK every year with an undetected heart condition.

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Introduction

Our mission is to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions – giving these babies a better start in life.

Heart problems are the most common congenital birth defect – affecting around one in every 125 babies. Every year in the UK, more than 3,000 babies are born with a defect so serious it requires open heart surgery or other complex procedures during their first year of life.

Early detection means babies get the treatment they need from the first opportunity – which can save lives, improve post-surgery survival rates and lead to a better long-term quality of life.

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How we can help

We help babies with serious heart conditions, their families, and the health professionals who look after them.

We train sonographers and other health professionals – giving them the skills, information and confidence to spot more defects during pregnancy or as soon as possible after birth.

We offer families the information and support they need. We spread awareness – telling parents-to-be about their baby’s developing heart; and giving new parents vital information about the signs of an undetected heart problems in newborns.

We lobby decision-makers in the NHS – influencing service standards – and fund academic research into congenital heart defects.

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How you can help

We’re a small charity with big ambitions. We rely on the generosity of our supporters – could you help our vital work?

Could you become one of our Heart Champions – our amazing supporters who give us a regular gift? Or perhaps you could organise a fundraising event, or take part in one of our running, cycling or skydiving challenge events?

Could your firm be one of our Business Buddies – our brilliant corporate partners who raise money for us, donate us gifts in kind, or offer fabulous volunteers?

Whatever you do, it will make a huge difference to our work – thank you.

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10
thousand

health professionals will receive vital information about detecting heart defects from Tiny Tickers.

50
thousand

Mums-to-be have their 20 week scan delivered by a better trained sonographer.

150
sonographers

Thanks to your support, we have been able to train over 150 sonographers this year.