Published: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Heart and Soul Disco raises thousands for patients





Friends and relatives of a congenital heart patient have raised over £2,000 for the Golden Jubilee National Hospital by hosting a night of Northern Soul and Motown music.


Audrey Graham, who was treated for a life threatening heart condition at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in 2014, decided to do something fun for the local community, while raising money to give back to the team that gave her life back.


More than 160 people recently attended the Heart and Soul Disco held at the Corner House Hotel in Annan alongside a raffle featuring prizes donated from businesses throughout the community, including luxury hampers, tickets to a Queen of the South football match and a signed football top.


Audrey and her sister, Sheila Otway, presented their cheque to Dr Niki Walker and the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) team who were involved in her care.


Audrey, said: “I was looking to give something back to the heart and lung services when I decided to put this local event together, as the treatment I received at the hospital was excellent. Since being at the Golden Jubilee, I have felt better than ever, attending fitness classes up to three times a week. I grew up dancing and enjoying music with my family, so we thought what better way to raise money than to do something that is both fun and good for your heart.”


“The night was a brilliant success; everyone who came along said they definitely wanted more nights like it in the future. We were so grateful for everyone’s generosity, especially the efforts of the DJs who provided non-stop music all night.”


Dr Mike Higgins, Medical Director at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “We are so grateful for the generosity that people have shown with their donations towards the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) at the hospital and we cannot thank Audrey Graham and everyone involved in organising the fundraising for their hard work.”



“This is a wonderful donation which will support the improvement our services, offering the best possible care and quality of life for every one of our patients at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.” 


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