Guests at Freya's coffee morning. Freya is holding the tin and with her in the front row, from left, are her sister Alana, and friends Florence Camsell and Elodie Hitchcock. Back, from left are friends Will Kirk, Harvey Camsell, Lyra Kearns, and Aiden Kearns.

Eleven-year-old Freya says thank you to heart charity

Eleven-year-old Freya Embden-Kane chose Valentine’s Day to raise funds for an organisation that supported her family when she had open heart surgery at the age of seven months.


Biscuits made by Freya and Florence for the coffee morning.

Freya was celebrating ten years since the surgery and wanted to give something back to ECHO – Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation – a charity that supports the families of children born with congenital heart disease that are treated at the Evelina children’s hospital in London.

So far she has raised more than £320 through a coffee morning and JustGiving page.

She was helped to bake the cakes and biscuits by her mother Florence who has been teaching her to bake since she could stand on a chair.

Freya lives on Manor Park with Florence, her father Paul, brother Fergus, seven, and sister Alana, five. All three children go to Manor school and Freya is looking forward to starting secondary school in September.


Freya is a keen dancer, and studies Ballet, Modern, Tap and Musical Theatre with Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts.

She was selected to perform in Dick Whittington pantomime at the Devonshire Park theatre this year with other Deborah Lamb students.


The feast laid out for a coffee morning organised by Freya Embden-Kane to raise funds for ECHO, the Evelina Children’s Hospital Organisation.

Freya was born with a type of congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallots and her heart function is good now. She is still under the care of the Evelina children’s hospital and has on-going check-ups.

Florence said Freya may well need further surgery but for now she is doing really well. “ECHO still support us when we need advice or reassurance.

“Freya will soon be joining the ECHO teen club, a group for teens with heart conditions where they can share experiences and have fun together. I have also supported a number of parents through ECHO when they have had a child diagnosed with the same condition as Freya.”

• If you would like to boost Freya’s fund-raising please visit her JustGiving page.

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