Heart-op tot is face of campaign

Teresa Utley, area manager for the BHF shop, Market Walk, Chorley, two-year-old Rosanna Ogden, from Adlington, and mum Sanam

Teresa Utley, area manager for the BHF shop, Market Walk, Chorley, two-year-old Rosanna Ogden, from Adlington, and mum Sanam

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A Chorley tot who underwent open heart surgery at six weeks old has helped launch a national fundraising campaign.

Rosanna Ogden, two, became the face of the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Little Hearts’ campaign after taking up swimming just 10 weeks after the surgery to remove a tumour from her heart.

Rosanna and her parents Mick and Sanam Ogden, of Babylon Lane, Anderton launched the campaign at the charity’s Chorley store on Thursday.

Mum Sanam said: “When we were asked to get involved with this year’s Little Hearts campaign and be part of the British Heart Foundation’s National Science Month, we said yes straight away.

“We know how unusual Rosanna’s condition is and how far she has come.

“By raising money for the BHF we hope this will help look after and care for more people with a heart condition. Rosanna’s swimming is our way of doing something for charity that helps vulnerable hearts like Rosanna’s.”

Rosanna has also swam 100 metres for the charity. Little Hearts badges will be available in shops during June for a £1 donation to help raise money for people like Rosanna who suffer from heart conditions.

Area Manager for the Chorley BHF shop, Teresa Utley said: “We’re delighted that Rosanna and her family came in to visit her local BHF Shop to launch the Little Hearts campaign.

“We want as many people as possible to wear a badge this year to help us continue our life saving work and urge everyone in the local area to visit the shop and make a donation for a Little Hearts badge.”

Last year the charity raised £550,000 through the campaign and this year hope to get of £580,000.