What an amazing group of community and corporate fundraisers we’ve got for you this week. Find out what they’ve been up to below!

Total Warrior – Phoenox Textiles Ltd and E3 Recruitment


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Christie Lanquetin and her colleagues at Phoenox Textiles Ltd (left) braved Total Warrior on June 23 at Bramham. Christie said:

“Team Hug Rug couldn’t have thought of a more worthwhile cause to suffer the Total Warrior course for – it was really hard work at some parts but the battle was nothing to those that face the battle with congenital heart disease everyday. We look forward to raising money for this amazing cause next year.”

Laura Rogers and her E3 Recruitment colleagues (right) also took on Total Warrior at Bramham, but on June 24. CHSF is close to E3R’s heart as Marketing Manager Laura’s daughter Jessica was born with heart block and has had heart surgery at Leeds LGI. She told us has experienced first-hand the great work the charity does and the positive impact it has on the young patients and their families.

Huge thank yous to both teams!

Charity Haircut – Freya Beckett

Freya’s Mum Jen told us:

Freya decided to support CHSF after her younger sister Lottie, age 2, was referred to Leeds with Cardiomyopathy. She wanted to raise some money to say thank you and decided to do a sponsored haircut.

Freya then donated 10 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust. We are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and staff on Ward 51 who supported us through such a difficult time.

We’re incredibly grateful to Freya for doing such a brave charity act!

Bun Sale – Pontefract Badger Sett

Lorraine Hague, West District Youth Officer said:

Pontefract Badger Sett consists of children aged 7 to 11 and are the youngest part of St Johns Ambulance.  As part of their Caring Badge, they had to raise money for their chosen charity.  One of the Badgers has close connections to the Leeds Heart Unit and we decided to raise the money by holding a Bun Sale. The parents were very supportive and generous.

On a personal note, myself and my family did the Super Hero Walk as we also wanted to raise money for this charity because of this brave Badger.

We’re very glad you all took inspiration, thanks to you and all the Badgers!

Sponsored Walk – Friends and Family of Finley Clayton

Finley’s mum and dad organised a sponsored 73-mile “Barnsley Boundary Walk”.  Mum Rachel said:

Our son Finley, was born with a hole in his heart and when he was 2 he required open heart surgery to repair it. The whole experience was quite emotional. Had it not been for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund providing accommodation for us to stay in at the hospital and personal touches for Finley, such as little toys, sticker reward charts, blankets etc, it could have been a traumatic time.

We can’t thank them and all of the hospital staff at Leeds General Infirmary enough for everything they did and the care they provided.

We agree, the Unit are incredible, and so are you guys. Thank you!

Wedding donation – Steve and Jo Cockayne 

And finally… Steve and Jo recently renewed their wedding vows. Jo told us:

Following the birth of our grandson Eren, we were to find out he had congenital heart disease, Tetraology Of Fallot (TOF), with other complications. Eren’s mum Zoe and our family were devastated.

Without the wonderful retired Mr Watterson we would not have our beautiful grandson today. My husband Steve and I renewed our wedding vows on June 2 and our kind and generous family and friends donated to CHSF at our request.

What a lovely gesture, and congratulations to you both!

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!