Philip Thornhill and his colleagues chose to support LHCH Charity by climbing Snowdon as part of their annual Charity fundraiser. Philip chose to put us forward for this honor because of his lifelong relationship to the hospital and thanks to all of their hard work, they managed to raise an impressive £1,721 for our amazing hospital.
Here is Philip's story
"I was born with transposition of the greater arteries on 11th Feb 1983, unfortunately this wasn't picked up until the following day. I had my first surgery a few days once I was transferred to Myrtle Street Children's Hospital in Liverpool and then a Mustard Procedure at 1 years old in 1984."
"Fast forward a few years and my journey began at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, and i have been with them for over 20 years now. I am currently a patient of Dr Dua, and have been now for number of years. When am asked about my condition, I’ve always been open and positive about it. Some people may say it’s a way of bringing a brighter side of it. I’ve been pretty lucky so far as I haven't had any further surgery since I was 12 years old. I know at some point in time, I will have an operation and it will be done by the hospital. When this happens they will be a great support to myself, wife and my 3 children."
So why did we walk up Snowdon?
"I currently work for Vodafone UK, and part of the great “Operational Readiness Team”. Every year we do something for charity. This is our third event and we wanted to do something a little different. So we decided to climb Snowdon, as this was one of the closest peaks to where we were all based, from this we could all select a charity of our choice and put to the vote."
"For myself , this was a no brainer, personally I’ve always wanted to give something back to those that have given me so much, and will continue to do so in the future. Once it came to the vote, and I gave my personal reason’s and brief history of myself, my colleagues then unanimously voted to support the hospital."
"One a personal note, the walk up the Mount Snowdon was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Without the support of all my colleagues and my wife and kids in the back of my mind, I would of easily given up. "
"As many of us that have grown up with Congenital Heart Disease know and have faced over the years, due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of the condition. This was a moment of great relief and for myself proving those that have ever stopped me following dreams and aspirations as child and teenager. "