Patch the Heart Lion Foundation’ is a not for profit organisation founded by two mothers whose young sons both have complex cardiac conditions. As their boys endured multiple open heart surgeries it became apparent that there was little support for the young children themselves. Although their families were always by their side there was nothing to inspire, or encourage them through grueling medical procedures.’ Patch the Heart Lion’ character was created to give children something to hold on to, a sense of empowerment that this lion character was inspired by their courage

The primary aim of PHLF is to support children and their families along their heart journey. Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) affects 1 in 100 children born each year. Due to advanced technology and medical procedures, children are surviving past infancy, however many of these children need constant medical monitoring and must endure multiple surgeries, medical procedures and everyday limitations. Although medical infrastructure has improved, ongoing ‘Kid friendly’ support for the children is lacking.

‘Patch the Heart lion’ is a character developed specifically for children with heart disease to inspire and ignite courage, promote self-worth and to believe in hope.

The character of ‘Patch’ is used as a vehicle to provide support both in and out of hospital, through books, merchandise, education, play therapy, medical support, school/hospital visits and family activities. This support extends to siblings and extended family who often feel isolated when family needs to move interstate for medical intervention. An unfortunate reality is that many children die from CHD ( every week 4 precious lives are lost) and ‘Patch’ is instrumental in helping siblings and extended family in times of bereavement.

Patch the character takes the form of a larger than life mascot, a book character and a ‘teddy’. Children and families within the CHD community embrace the character and the ‘teddy’ symbolizes a tangible piece of courage that can follow a heart patient through the many hospital procedures and surgeries.

CHD affects children all over the world. Through social media and the website ‘Patch the heart Lion’ has reached many families in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand to name only a few. However we need financial support and backing to reach these families.

We need and appreciate your support.
Kind regards,

Karen Horsell & Natalie Halls-Jones
Founders & Directors
Patch the Heart Lion Foundation Ltd

52 responses »

  1. cAN i ORDERA COPY OF THIS BOOK.. WELL A COUPLE OF COPIES PLEASE? HOW MUCH AND HOW?

    • Hi Tammy… Thank you for your enquiry to purchase “Patch the brave heart lion” books. Could you please tell us if you are purchasing from Australia or overseas and how many copies you would like? This will enable us to provide you with the correct amount. Thanks again for you enquiry.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch

  2. Tammy says:

    I am in Charlotte NC in the USA- but I desperately need this book for my toddler

    • Hi Tammy
      Thank you for your inquiry to purchase a couple of copies of our gorgeous new “Patch the brave heart lion” picture book.
      We now have an international PayPal option button for you to make a payment. The price is $30-AUD each, which includes the $15- postage.
      Payment can be made securely via Paypal on this site. Just click on the following option on our homepage:

      Buy Book Now International Customers!

      I can then pop the books in the post ASAP for you.
      Thanks again for your inquiry and we look forward to posting your books out to their new home!

      Heart Hugs

      Natalie, Karen and Patch xxx

  3. Lyndsey Mccrae says:

    I too would love a couple copies! I am in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    • Hi Lyndsey
      Thank you for your enquiry to purchase a couple of copies of our gorgeous new “Patch the brave heart lion” picture book.
      We now have an international PayPal option button for you to make a payment. The price is $30-AUD each, which includes the $15- postage.
      Payment can be made securely via Paypal on this site. Just click on the following option on our homepage:

      Buy Book Now International Customers!

      I can then pop the books in the post ASAP for you.
      Thanks again for your enquiry and we look forward to posting your books out to their new home!

      Heart Hugs

      Natalie, Karen and Patch xxx

  4. Peter Zander says:

    Hi Karen, Natalie and Patch.
    Thanks so much for your presentation last night to the Kiwanis Club of Brighton. You guys are an inspiration. I read the book 5 times last night and took the extra copies to work today. I hope to spread the word and have some sales organised for you in the coming weeks. Kindest regards, Peter

    • Thank you Peter. It was a pleasure to come along to your meeting and meet so many wonderful, dedicated volunteers. Thank you to all of your members for their warm welcome and genuine interest in Heartkids, Patch and our own heart journeys. Thank you also for your support in sharing Patch’s book with the wider community and helping to spread awareness.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch

  5. Haylee says:

    Hi Nat and Patch.The book is so cool that I was dying to read it, so when it was at Toms day, I got one and when I read it, it is so true that Patch is BRAVE,STRONG,COURAGEOUS,PATIENT AND CARING, JUST LIKE ALL HAERTKIDS. HAYLEE.

    • Hi Haylee… Thank you for your wonderful feedback about Patch’s book. So glad you like the book and please don’t forget that Heart kid siblings are also very BRAVE, STRONG, COURAGEOUS, PATIENT AND CARING too!!! Heart hugs to you. xxx

  6. Lizzy hurst says:

    I would love to buy 3 copies of this book. Can I please have a quote or can I buy them from cardiac ward at the mater? Postage would be to 4504. Thanks so much this book is truly beautiful.

    • Hi Lizzy
      Thank you for your enquiry to purchase 3 copies of Patch’s Book. You can purchase the books from this website and pay for them using Paypal. Just click on the “buy book now – australian customers” button at the top of the page and enter the number of books you would like to purchase. The total cost for 3 books including delivery is $58-. We look forward to receiving your order.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch
      xxx

    • Keith Proctor says:

      I would love to order and have the book shipped to me I am in Charlotte NC in the USA- can you get me a postage quote and a purchase price to order?

      ________________________________

      • Hi Keith
        The total cost for 1 book is $30- AUD which includes the book purchase and postage to the USA. You can purchase on this website by clicking on the “buy book now – International customers” button and pay for your purchase using paypal.
        Thanks again for your enquiry.
        Heart Hugs
        Natalie, Karen and Patch
        xxx

      • Keith Proctor says:

        I think my order was placed- tammy proctor- please confirm

        ________________________________

      • Hi Keith
        Yes. I did receive an order from Tammy and it was posted earlier this week. So hope you will receive it sometime next week. Thanks for your order – we look forward to you receiving your book.

  7. Chevelle Carr says:

    Hi there, how much for a copy INCLUDING postage, to NewZealand? Thanks

    • Hi Chevelle
      Thank you for your inquiry.
      The total cost of our “patch the brave heart lion” book including postage to New Zealand would be $30- and I believe the books are taking between 7-10 working days to arrive.
      Hope that answers your questions.
      Merry Christmas!
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  8. Sheri Marquez says:

    I would love to send these to some of my heart babies. I would like 10 mailed in the USA. How much for them?

    • Hi Sheri
      Thanks for your inquiry to purchase 10 copies of “Patch the brave heart lion”.
      The cost for the books would be $150- plus postage. For the month of February to celebrate Heart Awareness we are offering half price international postage on all purchases. This means that instead of $72- for postage, it will only cost you $36. (Based on postage to 1 address in the USA). So this is a great time to purchase!
      Look forward to receiving your order.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch xxx

  9. Jessica Kidd says:

    We would love more information on possible donations and/or purchase of these books for some of the CHD children we make hospital gowns for. Please look at our Facebook page, under “Gracie’s Gowns” to learn more about our cause and what we do internationally.

    • Hi Jessica
      thank you for your enquiry. Your cause looks amazing – Well done! We have the books available for purchase for $15-AUD each plus postage. For the month of February to celebrate Heart Awareness we are offering half price international postage on all purchases. If you would like only a few copies, then you can purchase them using Paypal via our website under buy book now international customers. If you are looking at purchasing a larger quantity, we can offer you buy 10 ($150) get 2 free plus discounted postage (approx $40AUD instead of $80). Total saving of approx $70-. Just send us a message if you would like to take up this offer and we will arrange payment options with you.
      We would love your CHD children to be able to receive a book from you.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch xxx

  10. Marta Montero says:

    Hi, I’m interesting in the book, I’m from Puerto Rico, please send me the information. Thanks!

    • Hi Marta
      We have a special at the moment for the month of February to support CHD awareness month. The postage on international orders is half price. So it is a great time to purchase a book. The total cost for 1 book and postage would be $22-50 AUD. You can purchase the book using Paypal from this website. Just click on the buy book now international customer and follow the prompts.
      Thanks for your enquiry and we look forward to receiving your order.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch xxx

  11. Gillian McNeil says:

    Hi,

    I don’t know if its because I’m accessing this link through my phone but I can’t get onto anything in this page that will allow me to buy this book,
    Can you send me a link via email?

    Thanx
    Mum of a beautiful Heartkid x

  12. Marina says:

    Hi, I purchased the book on March 28,2013 and I still haven’t received it. I’m from Canutillo, TX. I think that I places it wrong and then I received an email that I had to pay an extra $10.00 for shipping but I still haven’t received it. How long does it take to ship international? I ordered it for my daughter that is having issues accepting that she is beautiful and unique because of her heart surgeries scar. I thought that this book may help her recognize how truly beautiful and brave she is. I’m really looking forward to getting the book. :)

    • Hi Marina
      Your order and payment was received, thank you. Your book was posted on the 28th March and I have been told that Postage to the USA takes approx 10 working days. So given that Easter is in the middle of this period, hopefully you should receive the book by the end of this week or early next. If you don’t please let me know. I hope that Patch’s story can help your daughter to accept her self, zipper and all – which is what it has done for my 8 year old son, who now proudly shows his zipper to everyone, exclaiming that he is just like “Patch”.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  13. Paige says:

    Hi I’m in NZ and would love to buy this for my niece who is about to undergo surgery for chd. Please email me with details if its not too late

    • Hi Paige
      Thank you for your enquiry to purchase a copy of “Patch the Brave Heart Lion” for your brave heart warrior niece. You can purchase a copy of the book using Paypal via this website – just click on “Buy Book Now International Customers”. The book will cost $30-AUD including postage to New Zealand.

      We wish your neice all the very best for her upcoming surgery.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen and Patch
      xxx

  14. Gillian McNeil says:

    Hi

    I have a copy of this fantastic book, but I was wondering if there was anything in the pipeline to do a “Personalized book”, y’know, with the child (child’s name) in the story?

    Just a thought
    :-)

    Thanx

    Gillian

  15. Susan says:

    I would like to buy 10-15 copies for a Family Resource Center in a Children’s Hospital. Is there a price break available for a larger order?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Susan
      Thank you for your enquiry to purchase multiple copies of “Patch the Brave Heart Lion”. Yes we offer a discount price for orders over 10 books. The price would reduce to $10- AUD per copy plus postage. I believe you are in the USA, therefore postage for example for 11 books would be $75- AUD and on 20 books would be $95-AUD. Patch’s story would definately be of great benefit for you to have available in your Family Resource Centre.
      If you would like to place an order, please email us at patchtheheartlion@gmail.com so we can make arrangements with you.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  16. Elaine says:

    I bought this book at Hoffy’s 24hr Burpee Challenge today – what a wonderful way of teaching children about being brave! I just read it to my 4yo and she loved it! Thank you

  17. keri lawson says:

    My 9mo old has tof he’s had two surgeries so far…I would like to purchse a copy for him to always keep. Can you email me on how to do so please

    • Hi Kerry
      Thank you for your inquiry. You can purchase a copy of Patch’s story from this website. Just click on the buy book now – either Aust customer or international customer. You can make a payment using PayPal. If you want to wait a few days, we will be offering a special on Postage as a pre-Christmas sale. Just send us a friend request on face book to see when the special starts, or check back on this website.
      Heart hugs
      Natalie

  18. lisa stanmore says:

    Hi there I would love to order one of these book for my son that being thought two surgery from he’s heart condition, I would like something to help me tell him what happy to him thought an book

    • Hi Lisa
      Sorry for the delay in replying to your message. You can purchase a book via our website at
      http://www.patchtheheartlion.com – just click on the link above either “buy book now – Australian customer” or “buy book now – international customer”. We have a special on postage at the moment for heart awareness month.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  19. Monica says:

    Good morning, I Have a page on Facebook called “Lilahroo’s” and I send handmade blankets and a new book to infants and toddlers receiving ongoing medical care and 90% of the have CHDs. Since September I have made and sent 185 lilahroo blankets and a new book and I am curious how I can go about buying some to put in the little ones packages who have CHDs. Can you please let me know the price if a book so I can see how many I can get?
    Thank you
    Monica Boyd
    Also go check out all these wonderful little ones receiving their blankets and books in Facebook… It is beautiful <3

    • Hi Monica
      Thank you for your enquiry. Your face book page looks great & what you are doing for these little ones is fantastic. Patch the brave heart lion books are normally $15 AUD each plus postage. We are able to offer the books to you at a discounted price of $10AUD per copy plus postage if 10 or more are ordered. During Feb for heart awareness month, we are offering half price postage to the USA, so if you were able to order prior to the end of Feb, you would be able to also take advantage of this offer. (Eg – postage is usually $15-AUD per book, but currently $7-50AUD).
      We look forward to being able to work with you to make a difference to these amazing children.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie, Karen & Patch

  20. Amy says:

    Hi I would like to purchase this book. I’m in the United States.

    • Hi Amy
      Thankyou for your enquiry. You can purchase a copy using Paypal by clicking on the link at the top of our website – buy book now international customers. The book cost is $15 AUD each with a special for Feb of half price postage overseas ($7-50) AUD. Postage to the USA usually takes up to 2 weeks.
      Hope this has helped.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  21. April Johnson says:

    I need help :)
    I ordered the book and received an email that the money had been received
    I am leaving Australia on March 13
    Please contact me ASAP.

    • Hi April
      Your book was definitely posted on the 29th Feb to the following address:
      Tyler Orahoske
      26 Holland St
      Shepparton
      Vic 3630

      Not sure why you haven’t received it. I could pop another one in an overnight bag tomorrow, but am unsure of what time you would receive it on the 13th. Alternatively, do you have an address overseas that I could post a second book to. All I can do is apologise for you not having received your parcel initially.
      Just let me know what you would like us to do.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

      • April Johnson says:

        Thank you for your response so quickly. I will be leaving in the early morning hours of the 13th. My address in the US is 4221 Summit Valley Rd, Hesperia, CA 92345
        I appreciate your help but will i be charged for another book and international postage :(
        April (Tyler)

  22. Elizabeth Pollak says:

    I would like to order 1 book for my sons birthday. He just had open heart surgery in October along with 6 other surgeries and this would be perfect for him. I live in Pennsylvania .

    Thank you

    • Hi Elizabeth
      Your little man sounds like a very brave heart warrior!
      You can purchase a copy of Patch’s book using Paypal by clicking on the “buy book now international customer” option at the top of our website. The book will cost $22-50 AUD which includes shipping to the USA. I can inscribe the book for your son if you would like me to, just send me an email at patchtheheartlion@gmail.com to let me know if you would like this done.
      Thankyou for your enquiry.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

  23. Kimberly Bunal says:

    Love the book and so does my little heart warrior! We want another book to come after this!!!!! May be about starting school. Thats a big fear for me. Letting my warrior start school. We have years til then but thats good time for a book! Endless possabilities! Thank you so.much. love (mommy) Kimberly and (heart warrior) Zachariah!

    • Hi Kimberley
      Thank you for your wonderful feebdack in regard to Patch the brave heart lion book. So glad that you and your little heart warrior love Patch’s story. We have plans for more book of Patch’s adventures to be produced in the future – so keep an eye out for any new products/books, etc. You can also find us on Facebook under Patch Heart Lion.
      Heart Hugs
      Natalie

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