'Red day' in aid of 14-month-old Matilda Wells at Billinghay Primary School
A BILLINGHAY school has been raising funds for a pupil's little sister, born with an incurable heart condition.
The village's primary school held a 'red day' on Friday in aid of 14-month-old Matilda Wells whose older brother Harry, is a pupil.
Matilda was born with a hole in the middle chamber of her heart and had to have open heart surgery to reconstruct it when she was just seven months old.
Mum, Lisa Lawson, said: "Doctors picked up Matilda's condition at the 20-week scan. They look for four chambers in the heart but they saw that she only had two.
"Her heart's not able to pump as well as it should so when she grows up she won't be able to take part in any sports and she will probably need a pacemaker. She even finds feeding difficult at the moment."
Matilda's condition is called Tetralogy of Fallot – a condition which results in low oxygenation of blood due to the mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood.
She has to be taken to hospital in Leicester every three months and to hospital in Lincoln every week for tests and heart scans and is due to have further surgery any day.
Pupils at the school each paid a pound to dress up in red for the day and also paid 50p to enter a picture competition.
The money raised will be spilt between two charities which provide support for children with heart conditions – Patches Heart Group and Lagan's Foundation.
Lisa added: "Both of these charities support children like Matilda and we plan to raise more with fund raising events later in the year."