Heart op girl from Harpenden in second Great Ormond Street Hospital fundraiser

Brave Harpenden girl Eva Higgins walked in the recent GOSH Race for the Kids

Brave Harpenden girl Eva Higgins walked in the recent GOSH Race for the Kids - Credit: photo supplied

A brave nine-year-old girl from Harpenden who has undergone heart surgery is looking forward to completing her second fundraising event in a month.

Eva Higgins raised £1,675 in sponsorship from family and friends to walk in the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) fun run at Battersea Park in early June.

And this Saturday (4) will see her at a second GOSH charity fundraiser, at Pottingshed, Coldharbour Lane Allotment Club in Harpenden.

The event, which starts from noon, is aimed at raising money for the hospital’s ongoing redevelopment.

The Herts Advertiser recently carried an article about how Eva, a Manland Primary School student, was rushed to hospital when her heart started pounding at a scary 240 beats per minute.


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Eva underwent surgery at GOSH in Easter this year, where during the operation doctors found she had two conditions, including one caused by an extra electrical connection in the heart.

It was while at hospital that Eva told her parents, Sam and Darren, she intended helping GOSH by raising money for its children’s charity.

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Her mother, Sam, said: “Eva is really looking forward to our GOSH fundraising day, and we have had some fantastic donations from local businesses for raffle prizes.

“Later in the afternoon we will be joined by singer/songwriter Hollie Stephenson, managed by Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics, playing an acoustic set.

“Please come along and support the day.”

The event includes a range of entertainment such as games, balloon modelling, bubbles, photographs, stalls and activities.

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