Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) are encouraging local families to attend their annual Superhero Walk and family fun afternoon at Temple Newsam, Leeds on Sunday 8th September.

The 1km sponsored Superhero Walk costs £15 for family entry with a suggested fundraising target of £50. Like previous years, walkers will include families and friends of congenital heart patients, plus young patients themselves, all raising vital funds for the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit. The family fun afternoon – with bouncy castles, children’s rides, face painting, food and drinks vendors and much more – is free entry for the general public.

This year’s event is kindly being sponsored by long-term CHSF supporters B&M Waste Services.

B&M Waste’s Marketing Manager, Jayne Kennedy, said:

“We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s Superhero Walk in September. As long-standing sponsors of the charity, we look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts throughout the year to raise vital funds to aid the continuation of the fantastic work that they do.” All the attractions on the family fun afternoon are donating a proportion of their takings to CHSF.

CHSF events manager Charlotte Anderson-Hughes says more attractions will be added in the weeks to come. She said:

“Whilst our Superhero Walk is a brilliant fundraiser in its own right, the family fun day has got bigger every year and we look forward to seeing you all there.”

“The whole event is fantastic, because it celebrates the local superheroes we support as a charity – the patients themselves.”

“Please come along and help us raise valuable funds for congenital heart disease patients and their families.”

The Superhero Walk begins at 11:30am in the park near Temple Newsam House, with the family fun following afterwards.

Patients, families and supporters (and their dogs) typically dress as their favourite heroes – Batman, Spiderman, Minions, Peppa Pig, Catwoman and even heart surgeons – who are superheroes to affected families.

But fancy dress is optional, and CHSF would love local families to come along, learn a little about their charity work and have fun into the bargain.

Tickets for the Superhero Walk are available via the CHSF website at www.chsf.org.uk/events, and if you have any questions regarding this event, email Charlotte at events@chsf.org.uk or call 0113 831 4810.

About CHSF:

Established in 1988, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) is a charity providing support for babies, children, teenagers and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects. CHSF provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the children and their families along the way.
Based at the Leeds Children’s Hospital, CHSF covers the regions of Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. Around 450 children from these regions need open heart surgery every year.
More than 40% of the children who have an operation will need long-term care, and each year 17,500 babies, children, teenagers and adults pass through the unit. Children’s Heart Surgery Fund supports them every step of the way caring for the heart, mind, family and future of all patients.

Press release issued by Andy McNally, Communications and Marketing Manager, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund For additional information, please email andy.mcnally@chsf.org.uk or phone Andy on 0113 831 4818

Superhero Quotes:
Batman: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
Spiderman: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The Flash: “Life doesn’t give us purpose, we give life purpose.”