For more than 20 years Chain of Hope has brought life-saving heart treatments to children in developing and war-torn countries. The charity supports the development of cardiac services around the world organising missions where pioneering medical professionals volunteer their time to treat children and conduct training programmes for the local medical staff. It currently works in 43 countries.

In addition, it runs an emergency International Child Referral Programme which flies children for urgent treatment to partner centres across the UK, Europe and Bangalore.

In 2015, the charity responded to the growing refugee crisis in the Middle East by establishing a new programme of missions to Jordan, where the charity treats refugee children from Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories.

Its work is invaluable as it is estimated that as many as 15 million children die or remain severely ill every year through potentially treatable or preventable cardiac diseases.

Through its work these children now have a future. In 2016 alone the charity conducted 17 missions in developing countries and treated more than 330 patients, but Chain of Hope needs your help to continue this vital work.

One of the ways you can support the charity is to become a monthly supporter. A donation of just £10 could provide crucial pain relief for a child following their operation and £50 could go towards supplying essential training materials.

Or if you are looking for a physical challenge, the charity is looking for runners to take part in this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon taking place in October. If you’d like to join the Chain of Hope team or have your own place through the ballot and would like to run for them, please email cristy@chainofhope.org or call 020 7351 1978.

To find out more about Chain of Hope and to help mend a little heart, please visit www.chainofhope.org