About Children’s Heart Surgery Fund
Our vision is to support hearts for life and our mission is to support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit as a world-class centre of excellence – by providing the funding and resources needed to care for a patient’s heart, mind, family and future.
We deliver on our promises
We pride ourselves on reliability, empathy and loyalty
We are approachable and inclusive in everything we do
We value and appreciate one another
We always go the extra mile
The CHSF team, past and present, has always gone above and beyond. Our commitment to the cause is absolute.
To contact any member of the team, call the main office number on 0113 831 4810.
Within my role as CEO, I am responsible for the overall management of the charity. This includes managing the CHSF team, updating and working with the CHSF board of Trustees and maintaining my involvement with the new Congenital Heart Review. My work is personally challenging and very rewarding!
I am responsible for the fundraising function within CHSF. I love working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team of people. We all work closely with our amazing supporters who make it possible for our charity to continue supporting children and families across our region every year.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING MANAGER
My role is to help grow the charity’s profile through media coverage, marketing and communicating campaigns, events and key messages. I manage everything our supporters read, receive or hear. I work with the Digital Marketing Manager to ensure all our output is clear, engaging and consistent.
TRUSTS & FOUNDATIONS MANAGER
I am responsible for raising money from charitable trusts and foundations towards the wide ranging and inspirational programme of practical support and holistic care provided by CHSF, which includes state-of-the-art medical equipment, clinical posts, play equipment, wellbeing treatments and family weekend camps.
CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
I am covering Georgie’s maternity leave, and come to CHSF with over 20 years experience covering all aspects of corporate partnerships, marketing, PR and fundraising. I am working with existing partners and developing new relationships with businesses across the region.
SENIOR COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING MANAGER
I am responsible for developing relationships with our amazing family supporters and volunteers who organise fundraising events as well as individuals and groups in the wider community. I continue to raise awareness of the charity and its fundraising initiatives and recruit new supporters at every opportunity.
FINANCE & ADMIN ASSISTANT
I assist with the finance and administration for the charity. Part of my role involves managing grant applications, from approval until the grants are fulfilled. This is a great part of my role as I can see the impact that each individual grant makes in supporting children and families across the region.
Rumour has it that the design for Katie Bear was drawn by a young patient called Katie, encouraged by her grandfather. We’re proud to have Katie as our mascot, she’s been our icon since the charity started in 1988. Every child who has open heart surgery at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit receives a Katie Bear teddy, certificate and medal. Katie becomes a treasured keepsake and part of a patient’s journey with congenital heart disease. Our favourite bear is also available for hugs and photos at all major Children’s Heart Surgery Fund events.
Over the years we have had a variety of Trustees supporting the charity, with a diverse range of skills. We would like to pay tribute and say ‘thank you’ for all the years of support and dedication they have given, some longer than others.
CHSF Chair. Proposition and Growth Leader for Mercer Pensions, Parent representative.
Deputy Chair. Head of Operations, NHS Digital, Parent representative.
Business owner, Communications Specialist.
CARIN VAN DOORN
Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon. LCHU.
Clinical Psychologist, LCHU.
Business Development Consultant.
Adult Cardiologist Congenital Heart Disease, LCHU.
Lead Nurse, Yorkshire and Humber Congenital Heart Disease Network
CHSF Treasurer, Accountant and parent representative
DICKIE BIRD OBE (AMBASSADOR)
We’re bowled over that legendary cricket umpire and commentator Dickie Bird OBE is our charity ambassador. He donated £30,000 of his own money towards our Keeping The Beat fund for a new heart theatre in 2017, and a further £20,000 in 2019.
Dickie Bird said: “I can’t think of a better use of my money than helping babies and children in my home county who need heart surgery to survive.
“Every time I visit the heart ward, I’m humbled to meet youngsters and their families facing the huge battles ahead with smiles on their faces.
“Their incredible bravery underlines why everyone should get behind this tremendous cause.”
His engagement with young patients and their families during ward visits has been inspiring to see, it gives everyone a huge boost including staff. He has conducted national press interviews on our behalf, opened our new offices in Oxford Place in 2018 and does everything with this infectious Yorkshire charm.
We’re sure Dickie’s generous donation, and influence in our region as ambassador, will be felt by generations to come.
JUNIOR FROOD (YOUTH AMBASSADOR)
Young dancer Junior Frood is an anti-bullying campaigner, freestyle dance champion and fundraiser.
Junior says: “It hurt me so much when I heard that some children get bullied due to them having time off school or because of their scars.”
“So through my anti-bullying work with the Diana Award I am going to work with the children on self-esteem issues to help them stand up to the bullies. Scars are proof that they are a survivor and a heart warrior.”
“I would urge people to please donate and raise awareness of the charity as the work the charity does provides medical equipment, staff and education that saves lives.”
Junior’s talent, strength of character and communication skills make him a fabulous role model particularly for our young patients and supporters. He proves a big hit with charity supporters young and old at events, and is inspiring patients to take up dancing and be proud of who they are.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Your generosity can really mean the world to children and adults with congenital heart disease across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Whatever you can give will make a huge difference!
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