A Leeds-based charity that supports youngsters born with a heart condition has received a cash boost towards a family camp in Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) has scooped £1,000 from Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures programme, being run in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

The donation, from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, will go towards the charity’s popular family camp which helps children affected by congenital heart disease to build confidence and resilience.

Looking after more than 450 babies, children and adults that have open heart surgery each year, CHSF provides life-saving equipment and support for patients and families across Yorkshire as well as funding research into congenital heart disease.

Ellie Brown, from Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen for Building Futures funding from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire.

“This generous backing will be put towards our family camp later this year, for siblings and parents. It will provide a fun break away for families in need.”

Persimmon Homes is distributing £32,000 a month across its 32 regional operating areas, aiming to support groups which work with under 18s across three categories: sports, education and arts, and health.

Later in the year, three initiatives which top a public vote will win £100,000 each, while there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, and a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Simon Whalley, sales director for Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “Our Building Futures campaign is all about supporting young people – and we are truly humbled by the fantastic work that Children’s Heart Surgery Fund undertake on a daily basis.

“Supporting the communities in which we build is important to us and we wish the charity all the best with their family camp.”

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit: https://www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year gave away £620,000 to support children’s sport.


Issued by 8848 Communications for Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire.  For further information please contact Ross Watson or Sue Foster on 01902 907520 or alternatively by email ross@8848agency.com/ sue@8848agency.com

About Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF)

Almost 1 in 100 babies in the UK are born with congenital heart disease (CHD). CHSF is a charity providing support for babies, children and adults with CHD in our region. Patients are treated at Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at the Leeds Children’s Hospital, and come from all areas of Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire.


CHSF provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the patients and their families along the way. For more information on CHSF, see www.chsf.org.uk.