A BABY who was born with just half of her heart has inspired her grandmother to raise more than £400 for a hospital charity.

Amanda Cavanagh decided to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), based at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, after her granddaughter was born with a rare heart condition called left hypoplastic heart syndrome.

The condition means she only had half a heart and has had to have a number of open heart procedures since her birth in November,

Ms Cavanagh, from Gateshead, who is manager at St Aiden’s Cottage, in Bearpark, got staff at the care home to dress up as their favourite Disney characters to raise £400 for the charity.

She said: “It was great to see Eeyore and Tigger working with numerous Minnie and Micky Mouses. Our residents loved it. We also had a tombola, brought in a singer to entertain everyone and held a raffle too.

“We’ve raised more than £400 for CHUF and everyone has been so supportive. I’m very grateful.”

Rahul Sharma, from Careline Lifestyles, which owns St Aiden’s Cottage, said: “I know how much we care for our residents and it’s great to see our team at Bearpark helping other caring organisations by donating in this way. I’m very proud of them.”