February is National Heart Month, a time to raise vital awareness around heart conditions and an opportunity to fundraise for ECHO in your workplace and community. It is a time to pull out all the stops and encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and support ECHO. 7 – 14 February is also Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week!
Be bold and be loud, let’s all wear red as much as possible during Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week (7-14 Feb) and raise the profile of congenital heart disease. Whether it’s a t-shirt, jumper, hat or hair accessory, snap a selfie and tag us @echoukcharity on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NationalHeartMonth.
Creating a Facebook Fundraiser (search ‘ECHO Charity’) or VirginMoneyGiving Fundraiser is a great way to tell your story of why you are fundraising, and share with family, friends and colleagues.
You can get involved by creating your own virtual event or activity at home, such as:
We also have downloadable posters here.
Reach out to your child’s nursery or school
We’ve got a template letter you can use to get in touch with your child’s school, asking them to take part in National Heart Month by talking about it in their online classes or virtual assembly. They could talk about Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week and invite their classes to wear red when they join their online classes.
Let us know if you are successful in your request! We would love to hear about how your school celebrates the week.
Send an email reminder to your colleagues
Invite your workplace to wear red on a certain day during the week/month and email colleagues a short blurb such as: Join me in wearing red for one day (or more!) during National Heart Month and supporting ECHO charity to hep children born with heart conditions and their families. You can donate to my online fundraiser to help heart families: [insert link]
You can all wear red on your virtual meeting and share a photo on social media.
Your donation helps us offer lifeline services to heart families. Just £10 can help give an ECHO Cares pack to a family arriving at hospital, giving them practical information and a welcome to ECHO. £30 can help us provide specialist play equipment for children being treated in hospital. Here’s how you can donate.
On behalf of our members, thank you for helping us to connect up the heart community and offer support which without your help would not be possible.
For further information about National Heart Month or to let us know about your event or activity please get in touch!
Whether you raise pennies or pounds, National Heart Month is your opportunity to use your imagination and come together with your community to show your support for children with heart conditions everywhere.