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THESE boys know what it’s like to watch a loved one suffer with a heart condition.

So to do their bit, they decided to organise a fundraising day at their school for the British Heart Foundation to mark National Wear Red Day.

(l-r) Jordan Spurr (10), Jamie Watts (10) and Joshua Spurr (10) dressed in red for the day.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150213-6359)

(l-r) Jordan Spurr (10), Jamie Watts (10) and Joshua Spurr (10) dressed in red for the day.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150213-6359)

Year 6 pupils and twins Jordan and Joshua Spurr, 10, wanted to support their four-year-old brother James.

Jamie Watts, 10, who is in Year 5, decided to organise the event in support of his eight-year-old sister Ava.

Both Ava and James suffer heart conditions.

So Jamie, Jordan and Joshua asked everyone at Northern Parade Schools in Hilsea to come in wearing red and to donate £1.

Jordan said: ‘When James was born he was ill. He had a bad heart condition and he nearly died. He had to stay in hospital for quite a while.

‘Doing this makes me feel happy. I’m helping my brother and helping raise money for the hospital so they can find cures to other heart conditions.’

The boys sold raffle tickets and asked their fellow pupils to brings in clothes to donate to the charity. The pupil who bought in the most clothes won a prize.

Joshua added: ‘It feels thoughtful. My brother will be thankful.

‘We’re fundraising to help others. It feels cool because everyone is doing what we organised.’

Their brother James suffers from transposition of the great arteries, a heart condition that is present at birth, and a congenital defect.

Jamie said: ‘It means a lot to me because of Ava’s heart condition.

‘It’s an important charity. This is amazing.’

Ava, who is in Year 3 at the school suffers from Ebstein’s anomaly – a rare heart defect.

She said: ‘I feel happy because he is doing it for charity.

‘I have been in and out of hospital since I was a little baby. I think it’s important to raise money for charity.’