Mum’s fight for heart unit

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More than £1,000 has been raised by an Ilkeston mum who held a charity night in memory of her daughter who died from a heart defect.

Sam Partridge, from Cotmanhay, organised the charity night at the Woodside in memory of daughter Amica who died at 18 months. She had been treated at the children’s heart unit at Glenfield Hospital at Leicester which is under threat of closure.

The event saw a number of local businesses lend a helping hand, including Bath Street based Gillian’s Beauty Treatments, who donated their services for free. This included waxing headteacher of Cotmanhay Junior School, Simon Robinson’s legs.

Sam said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the local businesses that donated raffle prizes and to the Woodside Club for letting us take over for a night, and especially all the people that got waxed, had their heads shaved and supported us on the night.”

The total raised currently stands at £1,058, with more to come. Sam told the Advertiser she was delighted with the amount raised.

The future of the heart unit is currently under review by the Government. Campaigners are fighting to keep the unit open.