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Big Red Heart Appeal

The Big Red Heart Appeal was set up by Ron Kitching in the late 1990s. He dedicated his life fundraising for local cardiac care after he had major heart surgery – including a quadruple bypass.

The charity raised over £93,000, which helped us to purchase equipment and importantly raised the profile of supporting the cardiac care services within the trust. Sadly, following Ron’s death, the charity closed its appeal and shop in 2014.

Karen Griffiths, chief operating officer at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Over the years, the Big Red Heart Appeal has been an invaluable support to Grimsby's hospital and its cardiology patients.

"Money raised to date has been used in various ways, from the purchasing of extra equipment to investing in service developments, and it will continue to do so.” 

"The trust is grateful to everyone involved with the charity over the years both past and present. Without their help and continuous commitment to the cause and passion to the benefiting of local patient care, we would have been very limited as to what additional items we could buy with the funding we already had."

"The additional support adds to our ability to deliver patient comfort, privacy and dignity as part of the care provided. There is no doubt this support has been greatly appreciated by staff and patients locally."

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