DRIVING her mum to the hospital for open heart surgery was one of the most ‘overwhelming’ experiences of her life.

But four years later and following a successful operation, Pamela Lau wants to give back to those who helped nurse her mum back to health by raising vital funds for The North West Heart Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The 29-year-old said: “The event is an opportunity for me to show my gratitude for all the care that Wythenshawe Hospital has provided and continue to provide to my mum.

“It is an evening to show our appreciation to the doctors and nurses of Warrington that are involved in my mum’s care from her GP to doctors and nurses at the blood clinic at Warrington Hospital.”

Her mum Mei Lin Lau, aged 54, discovered she had a heart condition 30 years ago when she was pregnant with Pamela and has had to be closely monitored since.

The condition was caused by damaged heart valves as a result of rheumatic fever, which she suffered from as a young child.

But in 2010, Mei started to show signs of her heart valves deteriorating and suffered from shortness of breath, tiredness and swelling and bruising and was schedule to have surgery on September 3.

“My mum celebrated her 51st birthday on the September 1 and we took her out for a family meal as we do every year and tried not to worry about the operation,” remembered Pamela.

“My brother and I took my mum to the hospital a day before the operation, and had to leave her there overnight. The emotions were overwhelming.”

Pamela cannot thank the staff enough, adding ‘not only do they have great doctors, but the nurses on the F ward are brilliant’.

The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 6, at Mr Lau's Dim Sum Bar and Restaurant at 7.30pm.

The night will include live entertainment, a three course banquet, prosecco on arrival, and a raffle.

For more information call 428575 or mail@mrlaus.com.