Red Sky Foundation brings together the hearts and minds of individuals, corporate partners, sponsors and volunteers to raise vital funds for babies & children with heart problems across North East England.
This is achieved by supporting, relieving sickness and preserving the health of people from across the North East of England by assisting in the provision of grants, equipment and raising awareness for the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle as well as our other regional health services within the NHS and other charitable organisations. Red Sky Foundation’s spectacular fundraising events and activities also enable the provision of life-saving defibrillators for local schools, communities, city centres and other public areas. We collaborate with other third party organisations to offer education and training to organisations and the general public on the use of defibrillators and CPR through to advanced support for babies, children and adults with heart problems.
History, Mission, Aims and Vision
RED SKY FOUNDATION – History
Parents Sergio & Emma Petrucci set up the charity after the pioneering life-saving treatment their daughter Luna received in 2015 after she was born with a serious heart problem. After experiencing the great work carried out by the wonderful NHS team in the Children’s Heart Unit at The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. The couple wanted to express their thanks by raising money to help fund machines, equipment, specialist nursing care, holistic treatment and much more by collaborating with CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Fund).
It was their wish that funds raised should be used to support the Children’s Heart Unit and to supply AED Defibrillators to improve the lives of people of all ages needing cardiac care across the region. Having raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in such a short period of time, the decision was made in 2020 to incorporate Red Sky Ball into a charity with approval from the Charity Commission and so the Red Sky Foundation was awarded full charitable status.
RED SKY FOUNDATION – Mission
The Red Sky Foundation’s mission is to make life better for cardiac patients who are born with or develop heart conditions by providing lifelong support to them and their families. This is achieved by supporting, relieving sickness and preserving the health of individuals across the north east of England by assisting in the provision of grants, equipment and awareness in particular to the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, other regional health services within the NHS and other charitable organisations. Red Sky Foundation’s activities also provides life-saving defibrillators for local school and public spaces whilst collaborating with third party organisations to offer training and education to the general public on the use of defibrillators and CPR through to advanced support for babies, children and adults with heart problems and their families.
Each year over 300 children are admitted to the Children’s Heart Unit and over 1000 children return each year for outpatient appointments, families from all over the UK receive treatment at the Freeman Hospital. It is one of only two children’s heart transplant units and is the only unit capable of providing all the services that might be necessary from diagnosis to closing holes in the heart or heart transplantation – regardless of whether it is an unborn baby, a child or an adult who was born with heart disease.
RED SKY FOUNDATION – Aims
The Red Sky Foundation’s aim is yo provide top-up support over and above the current NHS funding and to collaborate with key partners to assist babies, children and their families from the moment they need the specialist care. Our Trustees and team work closely with medical staff and other organisations to ensure that Red Sky Foundation’s support is targeted to where it is most needed. The Foundation has bought vital equipment (for example heart scanners, transplant machines and public use defibrillators) and contributes funds towards other cardio related projects.
Working in partnership with many individuals and corporate supporters, Red Sky Foundation maximises fundraising at their events which include the Red Sky Ball gala dinner, White Party and other various fundraising challenges throughout the year which not only raise funds but allows our strategic partners, corporate sponsors, supporters and NHS cardio teams and heart families to come together and enjoy themselves.
RED SKY FOUNDATION – Vision
The vision of the Red Sky Foundation is for babies, children and their families to benefit from our fundraising work and to encourage supporters to raise funds on our behalf so they are able to see the results from what they have achieved. Our goal is to also realise a vision that defibrillators will be available and accessible for those who require life-saving treatment for cardiac arrest in public and community areas 24 hours a day. For Red Sky Foundation Patrons, Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters the shared vision is equally true as they use their time and skills in knowing the benefits they can bring to those who need it most.