Thank you with all of my heart: Grateful daughter’s mission

Adela Lynne Illingworth with her mum Marueen Stankiewicz who are holdning a coffee  morning for Take Heart.
Adela Lynne Illingworth with her mum Marueen Stankiewicz who are holdning a coffee morning for Take Heart.

A GRATEFUL daughter is raising cash for a service that performed a “miracle” operation on her mother.

Adela Lynne Illingworth, 54, of Shelf Hall Lane, Shelf, has organised a 10-hour marathon fund-raiser on Monday in aid of Take Heart, a charity that helps patients and families at the Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds hospitals.

Her mum, Maureen Stankiewicz, 78, was operated on at Leeds General Infirmary in 2009 in what doctors described as a difficult operation. Mrs Illingworth said: “She was in a really bad state so Leeds decided they wanted to operate on her but they didn’t hold out much hope.

“They didn’t know if she’d get through it, but she did. They are just fantastic.

“All the staff across the board were amazing.

“I discovered the charity Take Heart when Mum was in Leeds for so long.

“They were just quietly there for you whenever you needed them.

“They provide free TV for heart patients, have built a rooftop garden, and provide accommodation for patients’ families who have to travel into Leeds.

“They are the most amazing bunch and I want to do my bit as thanks to them all and the staff and surgeons. I was going to have a coffee morning, but this has evolved into a 10-hour fund-raising session.”

Mrs Illingworth will have 18 helpers on the day – largely from two reading groups she runs – and has a room full of goodies to raffle.

There will also be manicures, cake and bric-a-brac stalls, coffee and teas, balloons for children and a Jamie Oliver prize worth at least £60.

The fund-raiser will be held at the children’s centre in Northowram Library.