Members of Edgbaston Priory Club plan to serve up an ace for children with congenital heart disease by delivering on their fundraising target for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The leisure club, which is home to the AEGON Classic Tournament, has pledged to raise £17,000 for the Children’s Heart Appeal, the hospital’s current fundraising priority, to fund a pioneering camera which will allow surgeons to record images of operations.

This will help with the treatment of children with heart disease now and also play a vital role in teaching surgeons how to improve care and treatment in the future.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is the first official charity partner for Edgbaston Priory Club and it is committed to supporting the hospital for the next three years.

Funds will be raised at key events in the club’s social calendar as well as through individual members support.

There are also plans to launch a corporate tennis tournament for Birmingham’s business community.

Racquets manager Leyla Ogan said: “We are involved in training the tennis stars of the future so when Birmingham Children’s Hospital asked us to help them play a part in teaching the world to treat children with heart disease we didn’t hesitate to say yes.

“We have lots of committed members, young and old, and I know they will be inspired by the life-saving work undertaken by Birmingham Children’s Hospital to rally in support of this worthwhile cause.”

The camera is just one part of the hybrid theatre that the Birmingham Children’s Hospital is planning to build with the total cost in the region of £12 million.

The majority of the development investment – £10 million – is being funded from the hospital’s own internal reserves.