Help us support Harefield's world-class Transplant Programme, so our doctors and nurses can continue to save as many lives as they do

Harefield Hospital is the UK’s largest heart and lung transplantation centre. Its pioneering Transplant Team performed the UK’s first combined heart and lung transplant in 1983 and the hospital continues to lead the way in cardiothoracic surgery today.

In 2015/16, the team performed 25 heart transplants, 49 lung transplants and implanted 49 artificial hearts, known as 'Left Ventricle Assist Devices' (LVADS), saving the lives of 123 people of all ages.

To ensure that our doctors and nurses can continue to help this number of people, we are raising £120,000 to support and advance their work. But we need your help.

What will we fund?

With your generous help, we aim to fund:

1. Organ Care Systems, like this one, which keep donated hearts and lungs viable for longer

2. Artificial hearts (LVADs), which are used as a vital bridge between someone arriving at our hospital and them receiving a new heart

Each year, Dr Bowles (pictured right) and his team fit around 35 LVADs for patients of all ages. He explains:

They act quite simply like a vacuum cleaner, sucking blood out of the left ventricle – the power house of your heart – and then pumping it back into the main artery of your body.

You can’t always guarantee a heart will be available for someone needing a transplant, so an LVAD is used in its place until a heart is available. Patients come to us very unwell. They are at the end stage of heart failure. The drugs aren’t working and life is deteriorating. Ultimately, with only a few hours left to live, their only hope is to have an LVAD fitted while waiting for a new heart.

Help us help more people like Will

Will Pope was just 17 when he contracted a virus that attacked his heart and resulted in end-stage heart failure.

Eight open-heart surgeries, one LVAD and one heart transplant later, Will, now 25, is looking forward to a career in the film industry.

The amazing team at Harefield Hospital saved my life and gave me a second chance - I want others to have that chance. My donor was a fit young guy and I'm leading an active life in his honour.

Support our appeal and you'll be helping to ensure many more people like Will survive heart and lung disease

Thank you