Thanks to our lovely employee Rob Hopley bringing a charity close to his heart to the team here at Brecon Carreg, we had no hesitation in naming Welsh Hearts our charity of the year.
Rob’s family from Rhydargaeau have been through more than most families can imagine.
Rob, 48 is a married father of two daughters and one of our engineering team leaders. His daughter Stacie, 17, was born with undiagnosed Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) and had to have surgery for coarctation of the aorta at 11 days old, VSD (hole in the heart) repair at seven weeks old and was on both a heart and lung machine.
While Stacie is constantly monitored by the Paediatric Team at UHW Cardiff she is likely to need further surgeries as she grows older including the prospect of an aortic valve replacement.
Rob said: “It was an incredibly scary time for us when Stacie was first diagnosed with the hearts conditions and while we’ve learned to take one procedure at a time, we know she’ll always need monitoring. Her condition has certainly improved, and she leads a relatively normal life, although she is limited in terms of her eating.
“As a family, we couldn’t be more thankful to the teams we’ve come into contact with and also the numerous charities that have helped us so far.”
Rob continued: “I moved from a large organisation where I was just a number and was welcomed with open arms when I joined two and a half years ago and firmly feel part of the Brecon Carreg family. I’m so grateful to the team for supporting such a worthwhile charity close to my family’s hearts and I’m looking forward to seeing the wider company getting involved in things like CPR training and fundraising events.”
There are 8,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside hospital in Wales every year, and only a 3% survival rate so every second counts.
Eleri Powell, Brand Manager, Brecon Carreg said: “We’re extremely grateful to Rob for bringing this incredible charity to us. Welsh Hearts does great work, but as with all charities, more can always be done if there were extra people and funds available to them. So we want to help Rob and Stacie continue their work by fundraising to place new defibrillators across Wales.
“As a little surprise, we will be giving Rob and his family the honour of picking the first location for a Brecon Carreg defibrillator.”
Sharon Owen, director, Welsh Hearts said: “I am so grateful to Rob, his family and Brecon Carreg for selecting Welsh Hearts to fundraise for. We have a tight-knit team here but we always welcome new ideas and events to raise our profile. It’s our mission to see a future where nobody in Wales dies prematurely from heart disease and the statistics just speak for themselves. Defibrillators save lives.”
To help us fund the much-needed defibrillators across Wales, you can donate here