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20 March 2018

Newcastle staff joined by some famous faces to deliver gifts at local Children’s Heart Unit

The Children’s Heart Unit is of personal interest to members of staff at Newcastle Racecourse.

Bonnie Houghton, Customer Service Executive’s son Alex, aged 10 had open heart surgery at The Freeman hospital this time last year.

Alex had Aortic Stenosis from birth and was given lifesaving surgery at the Freeman receiving a donor replacement valve.

Keen to show their gratitude, Newcastle Racecourse team members organised for characters Belle and Optimus Prime to go along to the ward and hand out gifts from the racecourse along with family tickets to attend any fixture.

Bonnie Houghton said: “I cannot thank The Children’s Heart Unit enough for the care, compassion and professionalism that they showed to our son and our family during a difficult time. The Surgeons, staff and Nurses are first class in every way. The fundraising, support and work of CHUF is appreciated so much by families and we at Newcastle Racecourse wanted to bring a bit of happiness at what can be a stressful and anxious time for families.”

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