ECHO - Connecting the Children's Heart Community

Support for dads

Through its new Walking in Our Shoes initiative, ECHO looks to encourage Dads and male carers to set up their own local walking groups.

Walking In Our Shoes – Dads supporting heart children one step at a time

ECHO invites you to the launch event and film premiere for our new and exciting project for dads and male carers who support children in the heart community.

If you are a dad, male carer supporting a heart child, their partner or a professional working with them, you are warmly invited to an event dedicated to you!

Dads, you play such an important role in your families and within the heart community, and this is our way of getting the conversation started…

The walking group is a chance to talk and get to know other heart dads or male carers in a relaxed setting away from the hospital environment and suitable for any fitness level. We aim to recruit local volunteer dads to organise local walks and meet up opportunities, host walks from Evelina London, provide walking maps in and around the hospital and create an online community so you can connect with other dads who are walking in your shoes no matter where they live.

On the day, we’ll have refreshments and networking for partners in our community, while the men get to take part in our FIRST EVER group walk for dads along London’s South Bank, and receive a little gift afterwards to take home and enjoy.

You’ll also get to watch the PREMIERE of our new film featuring Heart Dads from the ECHO community, filmed by a filmmaker and heart dad who knows the questions to ask. The film beautifully captures conversations about what life is like in their shoes and helps to give us all a better appreciation of what it means to care for a heart child from dad’s perspective. This film will be a support tool for new dads joining the heart community for many years to come.

You can chat and hear from the producer and some of the amazing dads who took part in the film as well as find out how you can help to get this project off the ground.

We look forward to seeing you there!

ECHO is here to support the needs of every member in the heart family and, although they don’t often ask, dads need to be supported too. The project will always be dedicated to giving them a voice and developing the support they tell us makes a difference to their lives.

Samantha Johnson - CEO

This event is for ADULTS ONLY. Lunch / refreshments included and popcorn too!