Happy Friday! Here’s a group of community fundraisers who’ve recently supported Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Find out what they’ve been up to below.



Little Hearts Ball – Casey O’Neill

Casey, Zach and Freddie came to visit us last week at our new office with an amazing donation from their Little Hearts Ball. A huge thank you to Casey for organising the ball and to everyone who attended, donated and provided raffle prizes. Casey said:

“CHSF came into our lives the day Freddie was born, always present within Ward 51 and making a tough journey that little bit easier. Having put myself and Freddie’s dad into accommodation we could stay as close to Freddie as possible which was very comforting to us.

They also presented Freddie with a medal, certificate and CHSF bear after his operation. Although he was a baby and had no idea, this was a special touch for his Dad and I and shows every patient is thought about.

On behalf of myself, Freddie’s dad Zach and of course Freddie himself I’d just like to say thank you to CHSF for being there to evolve the ward, provide extra equipment no matter how big or small and being a friendly face when our family really needed it. We’ve just celebrated Freddie’s 1st birthday and without the charity, we may not have. So thank you a thousand times over. “

A huge well done for the ball, and thanks for the lovely words – it was great to see you in the new office!


Hull 10K – Des Roberts

Des ran the Hull 10k in support of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Des said:

“My 6 month daughter Lillie Maie Roberts was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. She had heart surgery in April.

I decided to enter the Hull 10k to raise money for CHSF to give something back to all those who helped Lillie lead a normal life. Thanks to LGI and CHSF.”

Well done and thank you Des!


Sponsored Hair Shave – Sophie White


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Sophie did something very brave for CHSF last weekend and shaved off her hair.  Sophie said:

“The reason I did the head shave was because when I was pregnant with my son we found out that he had Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and required 2 operations when he was born.

He is now a happy healthy almost 6 month old little boy with a beautiful scar down his chest. I wanted to do the head shave because I wanted to give something back to the people who were so supportive when we were in Leeds at the most difficult time of our lives and one we will never forget.”

Thank you so much Sophie, you’re both absolute heroes!


Bake Sale – Class 3A, The Enfield Centre, Leeds City College

Gloria and her class mates held a bake sale and organised some computer gaming sessions to fundraise for CHSF.  Mr Spencer said they all did a great job and came together as a team to make their fundraising a success!


Jessica Livett & son Billy Rhodes

Last but most definitely not least, Billy Rhodes popped by the CHSF office with his mum Jessica and great grandma and grandad with an amazing donation. Jessica said:

“Billy’s family have raised the money on behalf of CHSF because we received great care, support and accommodation, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you all for your amazing donations and for travelling from Sheffield to see us.

Thank you Billy and family for your fantastic fundraising!


Big thumbs up to everyone mentioned this week – we can only do what we do #BecauseOfYouIf you’d like to be featured here, please do get in touch at bravehearts@chsf.org.uk – we can’t wait to hear from you!