Roll up, roll up! It’s time for another Fundraising Friday. This week we have four fantastic fundraisers who’ve been busy taking part in some exciting activities…

Asda Kingswood – Hull

Community Champion Geoff Brown from Asda Kingswood Hull organised a walk from Whitby to Scarborough with colleagues to support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and neonatal charity Bliss.

Geoff told us he wanted to get involved as his colleague Elaine Key’s grandson Lewis needed heart surgery. He continued; “Lewis is now 4 and a bundle of joy!”. Well done to all twelve walkers who took part.

Mark Barton

Mark Barton took part in a Boxing For You event organised by Left Jab Promotions to support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. He decided to get involved as his son Reggie is living with SVT. Mark was supported by his colleagues at Wakefield Audi, Sytner Audi and Sytner VW,  throughout his fundraising. Mark said:

“I am delighted by the support given by my colleagues at Wakefield Audi and around Sytner Group. Sytner really is the best company to work for! Also a huge shout to Sean Reynolds and the team at Left Jab Promotions, I couldn’t have done this without their support, both emotionally and with the highly successful Boxing4You event!

Finally, of course, the great work done by CHSF has helped secure my son Reggie and thousands of other children’s futures thanks to their work with the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary”

You can see Mark holding the cheque in the centre of the picture with our Community Fundraiser, Lisa!

Ride For Iris

Ashley Bell, along with his colleagues and friends, cycled 100 miles from Horncastle to Leeds to raise funds for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. They named the event ‘Ride for Iris’ after his daughter Iris had open heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary. Their hard work meant they smashed their fundraising target!

Well done to everyone involved and a huge thank you to The FireHouse Gym Leeds for supporting and allowing the cyclists to use their facilities after the race.  

Rachel and Friends

Rachel Clayton, along with family and friends, organised a sponsored walk, following the Barnsley Boundary Walking Route. She became involved in fundraising after her son Finley had open heart surgery. Rachel said:

“The whole experience was quite emotional but had it not been for 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 and so on, 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.”

Rachel, her friends and family completed the 73-mile walk in 3 days and exceeded their fundraising target!

Thanks again to all who’ve been busy fundraising for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. We can only do what we do #BecauseOfYou! If you’d like to be featured here send an e-mail to