Seven Dials have been working with children’s heart charity Tiny Tickers, and will launch ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart’ lights from 4pm on Thursday 20 December, controlled by the heartbeat of Billy, a 2 year-old heart patient who is unable to visit the ‘Merry Christmas from Seven Dials’ lights this season.
Currently, the lights in Seven Dials are static, however with the help from Billy and his heartbeat, the Christmas lights surrounding the Dial momument in the heart of the village, will pulse in time to Billy’s heartbeat from 4pm - midnight, to help shine a light on the plight of babies and children who miss Christmas due to serious heart conditions.
Tiny Tickers, a small charity dedicated to helping improve the detection, care and treatment of babies with serious heart conditions, is highlighting that whilst everyone else is admiring the Christmas lights, many babies and young children face a very different Christmas; in hospital waiting for, or recovering from, open heart surgery.
Young Billy was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) at his mum's 20 week scan. TGA is a condition where the two main blood vessels leaving the heart are swapped over and affects 1 in 10,000 babies. After a traumatic 13-hour operation at just 7 days old, Billy has come on in leaps and bounds and is starting to find his feet at 2 years old.
Those wishing to donate to Tiny Tickers should visit www.tinytickers.org or text TINY22 £5 to 70070 to donate to Tiny Tickers and help give tiny hearts a better start in life.