Inspirational pupil born with rare heart condition raising money for dream-maker charity

Honey Fenton

Honey Fenton

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

A GIRL born with a rare heart condition is raising money for a dream-maker charity who made her older sister’s dreams come true.

Honey Fenton, eight, who lives in South Ockendon, will do a sponsored walk for The Dream Factory after it helped her 15-year-old sister, Hope, earlier this year.

Hope was starved of oxygen at birth leaving her with many disabilities incluidng hydrocephlus, cerebral palsy, blindness, epilepsy, scoliosis and development delay.

The charity gave Hope a hot tub to help relax her muscles.

And after seeing the smile this left on Hope’s face, Honey is determined to put her own heart troubles to one side and raise money so the charity can keep on granting the wishes of other children.

She is going to walk the 1.1 miles from home to Dilkes Primary School - despite having a rare heart condition which means she struggles to keep her body temperature up, even in mild weather.

Honey said: “I want to make another child happy and be able to help grant them a dream and see that child smile like my sister did.”

Honey was born with her main arteries to the heart the wrong way around, which can only be fixed with surgery.

Now, eight years after undergoing open heart surgery at the Royal Brompton Hospital when she was just just ten days old, Honey wants to do the walk.

The youngster is normally driven into school, as she struggles to walk all the way.

The girls’ mum, Nadine, said: “At the beginning of the year I contacted The Dream Factory to see if they could grant Hope a dream and they did.

“Honey thought it was very kind of the charity and wanted to help grant another child a dream and thought this would be a great challenge for her.”

Avril Mills, who founded the Dream Factory, said: “Everyone associated with The Dream Factory is full of admiration of Honey and her wish to help raise money for the charity so we can make other dreams come true.”

To support Honey’s fundraising efforts, go to www.justgiving.com/Nadine-Whitten/

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