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.

OUR VALUES

TRUST

We deliver on our promises

COMPASSION

We pride ourselves on reliability, empathy and loyalty

OPENNESS

We are approachable and inclusive in everything we do

RESPECT

We value and appreciate one another

DEDICATION

We always go the extra mile

CHSF TEAM

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.

SHARON MILNER

CEO

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!

LISA WILLIAMS

HEAD OF FUNDRAISING

I am responsible for maximising charity income across all areas of fundraising, by developing links and relationships within the Yorkshire region.

ANDY MCNALLY

HEAD OF MARKETING

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.

CATH COOK

HEAD OF FINANCE

I am responsible for Financial Management, co-ordinating budgets and financial reporting to help ensure that CHSF delivers as much support as possible to its beneficiaries.

Amanda has blonde hair and is wearing a black dress, stood in front of the chsf donation tree

LAUREN PROCTER

COMMUNITY & EVENTS FUNDRAISER

My role is to develop relationships with our wonderful family supporters, individuals and volunteers who organise fundraising events out in the wider community. I champion and raise awareness of the charity and its fundraising initiatives at every opportunity.

Amanda has blonde hair and is wearing a black dress, stood in front of the chsf donation tree

AMANDA WARRENT

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

I help businesses with Team Building, boosting staff morale and brand awareness. I love to go on a journey with all our Corporate partners, so if you choose CHSF I’ll be with you all the way to give you lots of support and inspire your staff with how your donations have made a difference.

EVELYN HAZZARD

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.

OLIVIA LEWIS

DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

My role is to manage and develop our social media platforms, website and digital presence as well as championing the CHSF brand and creating content to aid in our fundraising. I work to raise awareness of the charity and highlight its valuable work throughout the region.

SARAH CHERRY

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

My role is to help our heart families access services, provide practical support to families whilst being treated. I also set up, promote and deliver lots of exciting activities for our families.

KATHERINE LODGE

FINANCE MANAGER

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.

CLARE HUMPHREYS

FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT

My role is to support the fundraising team across a range of different fundraising events and activities. I make sure that supporters are sent everything they need take part in events and to fundraise for CHSF. I am also responsible for the CHSF lottery and fulfilling all shop orders.

DAVINDER AUJLA

FINANCE ASSISTANT

I am responsible for processing all of the generous donations received by our supporters, corporates and trusts and foundations. I support the Head of Finance and Finance Manager, along with the rest of the team, with any financial and admin queries.

KATIE BEAR

MASCOT

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.

CHSF TRUSTEES

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. 

PAUL GOODWIN

CHSF Chair. Key Account Director at Moneyhub Enterprise. Parent representative.

SAMANTHA ROBINSON

Deputy Chair. Head of Operations, NHS Digital, Parent representative.

MATTHEW FIDLER

Co-founder of TYR Law

CARIN VAN DOORN

Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon. LCHU.

CLAIRE DANIELS

CEO, Trio Media
Digital Marketing Specialist

KIERAN BRADY

Sales Director, Gamma

JAMES OLIVER

Adult Cardiologist Congenital Heart Disease, LCHU.

MARK WHITAKER

Business Development Consultant.

WENDY HAIGH

CHSF Treasurer, Accountant and parent representative

 

COLIN CLEWES

Director, Pennine Signs. Adult patient representative.

JO QUIRK

Lead Nurse, Yorkshire and Humber Congenital Heart Disease Network

CHSF AMBASSADORS

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.”

We’re sure Dickie’s generous donations, 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!

Suite D17
Joseph’s Well
Hanover Walk
Leeds
LS3 1AB

0113 831 4810
info@chsf.org.uk

Registered Charity Number:
1148359

Registered Company Number:
8152970