October brings around another fantastic Fundraiser of the Month – and this time it’s the Warner family.  They have been inspired by daughter Ebony to take on numerous personal challenges and organise events for CHSF, and are very well-deserving recipients of this month’s accolade. Well done!

We asked mum Mandy what inspired them to fundraise for CHSF…

We think back to the day we were given the news of our baby girl’s heart diagnosis – nothing prepares you for that.


Ebony was diagnosed with an AVSD shortly after birth in Nov 2016 – we remember confiding in a friend of ours whose little boy had just gone through a similar ordeal and she told us about the amazing support of CHSF.


We often think of the quote we found on the internet “I understand you’re not a CHD parent so spreading awareness isn’t a priority, but the day before my child’s diagnosis, I wasn’t a CHD parent either” and this rings so true.


It’s a real shame that it takes something to happen to you as a family to identify what level of support is out there – these amazing charities that go above and beyond, that have our backs at such a vulnerable time.


And Mandy told us how CHSF helped her family specifically…

The thing that stuck out the most to us….as we sat by our daughter’s bed side at the most vulnerable and fragile time of her little life, and as we stared at the numbers on the monitors next to her… is that this fantastic equipment that was tracking our daughter’s recovery, was all funded by CHSF.


Thank you for letting us be a family, providing the much-appreciated accommodation to enable us to both sit by our baby girl’s bedside day and night whilst she began her journey to recovery.

Mandy went on describe what fundraising they have completed for CHSF…

In September 2017 I took to the skies in my first skydive – this challenge was huge but as an individual who likes a challenge I was keen to do this and all for a cause so very close to us. Ebony’s Auntie Hayley and Uncle Nathan surprised us and joined in to raise funds for their niece – together we raised a whopping £4,439.00.


In July 2019, marking Ebony’s 1- year heart anniversary, we came together as a family to mark the occasion in a special way, with amazing support from our friends and local community. We held a Charity Family Fun Day in our local village hall. This event was a huge success and meant everything to us. Together with Ebony’s daddy’s birthday fundraiser we raised a huge £4,033.00.


And in September, I ran my first ever half marathon when I took part in the SimplyHealth Great North Run 2019. I never imagined running this, I didn’t think I was capable, but the help of a good friend and having our beautiful heart warrior waiting at the finish line gave me the determination. Through more amazing donations from our wonderful family, friends and colleagues, together we raised a fantastic £1,050.00.

And finally we asked whether there was any advice Mandy would give to other fundraisers…

Be proud of what you achieve… CHSF appreciate every single penny we raise in supporting hearts for life.


Fundraising really doesn’t have to be big and bold, there are so many ways you can work a fundraiser around your commitments: cake stalls, Wear Red, organised walks etc are just some of the ways you can support this amazing charity.


From the bottom of our hearts, I’m sure we speak for many people when we say, thank you CHSF for the love and care you show and your continued hard work, dedication and commitment in making this cause the success it is today.

It is absolutely lovely to get thanks for what we do, but everything we do is #BecauseofYou, and because of your vital fundraising. Without you, we would not be able to make a difference. Please continue to help us support hearts for life.