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24th Dec 2018

Adorable two-year old with rare condition gets to control Christmas lights with heartbeat

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This is just one of those stories that will make you smile instantly.

A two-year-old boy who was born with a rare heart condition was given a very special opportunity this Christmas.

Billy Hopkin got to control the Christmas lights around the Seven Dials monument in the West End, with his heartbeat. 

The lights had been static until Billy got involved, making the lights flash to the beat of his heart.

How incredible?

Billy’s mum, Rebecca said: 

“Christmas is meant to be the happiest time of year but I think it’s very easy to forget that lots of families could be going through a really hard time – and sadly they don’t get to enjoy the holidays together.”

“I really wanted to be involved in this idea because there’s been many Christmases where we’ve been in this situation – and I want other families to know they’re not alone.”

The special occasion was hosted to raise awareness and money for the Tiny Tickers charity.

“I think it’s really important to keep making noise and raising awareness about heart disease – but also make people aware of the wider impact it has on families,” Rebecca continued. 

“Most of all we just really want people to stop and think, because it could happen to them.”

“Thankfully we have incredible support from charities such as Tiny Tickers – but the funding doesn’t magically appear, it relies on donations from the public. So I really hope this activation encourages people to donate – even if it’s just a small amount.”