Halifax Panthers star Greg Worthington and his wife Amy presented a cheque to Children’s Heart Surgery Fund for nearly £10,000 after fundraising  in memory of their little boy Isaac.

The family chose to support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund because Isaac was diagnosed with several congenital heart defects after he was born sleeping in 2018.

Amy told us more about Isaac’s story and how this inspired fundraising for CHSF:

On December 8th 2018, we had a beautiful baby angel called Isaac Robert Worthington who was born sleeping. Isaac’s heart had not developed properly, and he had many severe congenital heart defects alongside other serious health problems.

 

We always knew we wanted to do some fundraising in Isaac’s memory but life became busy when we had our rainbow baby, Grace, in November 2019.

Greg, Amy, Samuel & Grace Worthington

“During the recent COVID-19 pandemic we had a lot more time on our hands and thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to raise some money in memory of Isaac.”

 

“It was actually our friend Amy that found the CHSF charity online when she made a donation on Isaac’s birthday. She had asked where we would like her to donate and we’d told her it would be nice to find a charity which has something to do with hearts and somewhere local.”

Greg & Amy presented the cheque at Queensbury ARLFC

CHSF feature on Queensbury ARLFC’s 2021 home & away jerseys

“After looking into the charity a little more we knew straight away that this was the one we needed to support. Children’s Heart surgery Fund directly supports the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit which is where Isaac would have undergone lots of major heart surgery if he had been here.”

 

“CHSF has not helped us directly but we would have definitely needed lots of support from them if Isaac had been here. The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit kindly scanned our daughter Grace to check whether she carried any congenital heart abnormalities.”

 

“Over an 11 week period, we have done lots of different raffles in order to raise money for CHSF. This has all been electronically via WhatsApp and Facebook due to the current COVID restrictions.”

 

“Lots of family and friends have donated amazing prizes for the raffles and the support for our fundraising has been amazing.

 

We have done approximately two raffles per week, ranging from physical prizes to cash and scratch cards!”

“My Auntie Louise was also a big help putting the raffles on Facebook as both Greg and I are social media-phobes and don’t have Facebook ourselves!”

 

“A few of Greg’s rugby kindly friends donated some rugby shirts to raffle which earned some really big money. Greg also auctioned one of his own Toronto shirts which went for a whopping £1400! It was then donated back to the Queensbury Rugby club to be framed in the club house which will stand as a great memory for our fundraising.”

 

“My advice to anyone thinking of fundraising for CHSF would be don’t give up and continue to aim towards your goal. Little and often will all add up!”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to our family and friends who have contributed to the raffles continually throughout our fundraising in Isaac’s memory.”

“Their kindness and generosity has been breath-taking. It is through their amazing support that we have raised such an incredible amount which will support CHSF to continue their fantastic work in helping children and adults with congenital heart disease.

 

The charity will not only benefit from the donation but also from the awareness we have raised of all their hard work and the support that is continually needed.”

Greg and Amy Worthington

“As Mother and Father to Isaac, it is a beautiful feeling to know that he is acknowledged and that everyone has heard his name throughout our fundraising. We have been able to bring his memory alive and that has been truly heart-warming.”

Lisa Williams, CHSF Senior Community Fundraising Manager said:

Thank you so much to Amy and Greg for sharing their story and raising awareness of congenital heart disease. They have both put so much time and effort into their fundraising in memory of their son Isaac Robert.

 

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund really appreciates their incredible donation which will make a huge difference to the patients and families we support and send a special thank you to everyone involved.

Don’t let them say I wasn’t born, that something stopped my heart.
I felt each tender squeeze you gave, I’ve loved you from the start.
Although my body you can’t hold, it doesn’t mean I’m gone.
This world was worthy, not of me, God chose that I move on.
I know the pain that drowns your soul, what you are forced to face.
You have my word, I’ll fill your arms. Someday we will embrace.
You’ll hear that it was “meant to be, God doesn’t make mistakes.”
But that won’t soften your worse blow or make your heart not ache.
I’m watching over all you do, another child you’ll bear.
Believe me when I say to you, that I am always there.
There will come a time, I promise you, when you will hold my hand.
Stroke my face and kiss my lips and then you’ll understand.
Although I’ve never breathed your air or gazed into your eyes,
That doesn’t mean I never was. An Angel never dies.
— author unknown

 

In memory of Isaac Robert Worthington
Born sleeping

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