At ECHO, we know that discovering your child has a potentially life threatening heart condition is one of the hardest things any parent can hear. Many families find it difficult to cope and welcome additional support, which is why ECHO exists.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the ECHO heart community in many ways, facing new challenges and difficult times while the impact of congenital heart disease remained.
COVID-19 has also shifted the way we have been able to support families. We faced furloughing one of our small team of 5, pausing face to face volunteering services and closing our charity office, while dealing with a huge 1600% increase in demand for our services.
Although the way we have given support has changed, our goal has remained the same throughout – to be there for children and young people with congenital heart disease and their families at every stage of their heart journey.
I want to thank each and every one of our supporters and volunteers for the difference they have made and continue to make to the lives of children with heart conditions and their families. With your help, we will continue to work hard trying to get closer to our vision: “A world where the emotional, social, financial and medical needs of heart families are met.”
Chief Executive, ECHO
We would not be where we are today without everyone who has donated and fundraised for us since the pandemic hit. Your support has been truly inspirational. We’re by no means back to where we were pre-COVID, but your help means can continue to be there for children and young people with congenital heart disease and their families, when they need us most. Thank you.
We want to have an even greater impact and have committed to helping even more families over the next year.
In spite of being a small charity, we aim to have a big impact and are committed to making ambitious changes. We will always work with members to provide the service they need and value the relationships we have with them.
Thank you to our supporters for helping us to achieve everything we have so far – we need your support going forwards.
There are so many ways that you can help ECHO make a difference to heart patients and their families. By fundraising, donating and volunteering – your support makes our work possible.