Heart unit appeal

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting controversial plans to close a children’s heart surgery unit are urging supporters to attend a meeting in Sheffield next week.

The gathering has been organised at Baldwins Omega, Brincliffe Hill, at 5pm on Tuesday.

The event is one of a series of meetings organised by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the charity behind a campaign to save the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Youngsters with heart problems from across South Yorkshire are currently treated in Leeds - but the Government has started a four-month consultation process on plans to cut the number of children’s heart surgery centres in the UK. Of the four options being considered, only one would see surgery in Leeds survive.

Protesters objecting to the unit’s closure want as many local families as possible to add their weight to the campaign.

The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is hoping “parent power” will force the Government into a rethink.

To attend Tuesday’s meeting email ch.sf@leedsth.nhs.uk or call 0113 392 5907. Visit www.chsf.org.uk for more information about the campaign.