Today’s #FundraisingFriday shows us just how many creative ways you can raise money for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. Keep reading to learn more about this week’s amazing individuals…

Travis Fawcett: Heart art!

This is a charity close to my heart! Being a college student I was asked to incorporate my own art to raise money for a chosen charity. I made a run of handmade lino prints called “the importance of hearts” and sold them to family and friends to raise funds for CHSF.

If you like Travis’ work you can follow him on Instagram @travisfawcettart

Friends & Family of Lewis Key

Tanya Melnyk said:

My son Lewis was born with a heart condition and through the care he has received this is our way of supporting Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and enabling them to give support to many more families.

David Tinsley: Walk in memory of Cody

David said:

We walked the length of the River Swale from the confluence with the River Ure, to the source near Kirkby Stephen. We support CHSF in memory of our son Cody Tinsley. Cody suffered severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and passed away at LGI at only 13 weeks old. Both in PICU and high dependency, we saw so much life supporting equipment had been provided by CHSF. The work of the charity directly enabled us to spend some precious weeks with our son. Though we had to sadly let him go in the end, we are so proud of his courage, and we all love him and miss him so much.

Ashley Bell: Ride for Iris

We chose to support Children’s Heart Surgery Fund following our daughter Iris’ open heart surgery in July 2017 and we saw first-hand the excellent support of the charity for the families and for the support network of the facilities; for example; the CHSF funded the INR home test kit which enables us to test Iris’ blood level at home rather than regular trips to hospital.

In January we came up with the idea of cycling from my home town Horncastle to the LGI – a journey of just over 100 miles. At first we were unsure of how many people would participate in the ride and chose a realistic fundraising target; which I set at £3,000. In the build up to the ride we organised many events including a bag pack; Lift for Iris competition; dress down days and car boot sales to name a few. On the 2nd June 38 riders left Horncastle and despite the rain we arrived in Leeds on schedule and was amazed with the final tally of over £21,000 which we hope will continue to support the good work of CHSF.


A massive thank you to all of this week’s incredible #FundraisingFriday champions! It is #BecauseofYou that we can keep supporting hearts for life. Bravo guys!

Want to get involved? Contact our Community Fundraiser Lisa Williams 0113 831 4810 |