Love will be in the air at a special basketball game tomorrow to help raise funds for a hospital unit.
Newcastle Eagles will take on the London Lions in a Valentine’s Heart Game to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) on Valentine’s Day as part of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week.
Preparations for the fundraising match were started by Chuf trustee and Monkseaton father Ivan Hollingsworth, who was delighted to see the teams come together for the good cause.
“We wanted to make a relationship with Newcastle Eagles because we value the support of those who match our core values of family, healthy living, fun and celebrating life,” he said.
“Hopefully other sporting teams will team with Chuf so we can hold further events like this.”
Throughout the season ‘heart hero’ children, who have been treated at the unit, have been mascots for the Eagles – with Sunderland’s Kaylee Davidson-Olley, the UK’s first heart transplabnt survivor leading the team out on Friday.
Eagles’ forward Scott Martin said: “It’s very special for the Eagles to be supporting the charity.
“It is great for the kids to come to the basketball matches and we’re delighted to support the charity.”