Children’s heart facility is vital to our district

First published in Readers' letters

SIR – Re the proposed Save our Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds.

Back in 1990/91 the Bradford Northern Supporters Club, as we were then known, took on our charity for the year as “Save Killingbeck Hospital Children’s Heart Surgery”, also in Leeds.

The surgeon who headed this campaign was Duncan Walker, who ran his blood to water in his attempt to save the facility.

Bradford people, through our Supporters Club, rallied to the cause. At the year end we had raised nearly £2,000. Twenty years ago that sum was fairly substantial.

The attempts were unsuccessful and Killingbeck closed. However, the facility was transferred to Leeds Infirmary and the promise was that it was such a vital service for our children, with modern, up-to-date facilities that would better serve our community.

But once again, we are having to fight for the right to have this vital service for our children locally.

There is something wrong, as Duncan Walker said all those years ago, when our children’s lives can be put on the line to balance the books.

Life is never the same if you experience the loss of a child through any form of disease, but if it’s because of some form of money saving methodology, it’s more than sad, it’s criminal.

John Tudor, Lillands Terrace, Rastrick, Brighouse

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