Another week over and another #FundraisingFriday is here. Sit back in awe of this week’s superb supporters. There is even a face that you all will most definitely recognise…

Wetherby Runners: Charity of the Year

ABOVE: Running the Yorkshire Marathon BELOW: CHSF Georgie accepting an amazing donation

Wetherby Runners is a club that prides itself on being a welcoming and friendly running club and also fund raises each year for a local charity proposed by one of its members.

CHSF was chosen for 2018 having been nominated by Debra Wheeler who is the Network Manager for the Yorkshire and Humber Congenital Heart Disease Network and an active member of Wetherby Runners AC.

Debra also has a personal reason for supporting CHSF as her grandson, Sebastian, was born in August 2017 with congenital heart disease and had surgery in Leeds when he was just 6 days old.

On Wednesday 14th November, at the club’s AGM, a cheque for an amazing £2,741 was presented to CHSF.

This was as the result of a number of social events held during the year and proceeds from the very successful Wetherby 10k which is held every year at the beginning of September and attracts over 1000 runners. In addition to this 6 runners from the club took part in the Yorkshire Marathon in October (pictured above), appropriately dressed as Vikings with the CHSF logo on their shields, and through JustGiving raised a further £2,500 for charity!

Wetherby Runners AC is a club that welcomes runners of all abilities and all ages from total beginners to elite athletes from the age of 10 upwards. The club has over 200 members and supports a wide range of events from social runs to road races, cross country, fell races and triathlon. Club training night is on a Wednesday from 7pm meeting before and afterwards in the Wetherby Sports Association.

If you live in the Wetherby Area and have been thinking about starting running or joining a running club you would be made very welcome at Wetherby Runners. More information is available on their website

Simon Gelder: Brave the Shave


‘Bravo!’ to Simon who Braved the Shave and clippered away his hair to raise money for CHSF!

My motivation for raising the money is one of my best mates has a daughter named Payton. She was born prematurely and has been in hospital since she was born. Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has been one of the many caring for Payton and to raise money for such a charity means a lot me and the amazing people involved with Payton and her care.

She has been a little fighter since the day she was born and I want the charity to continue to help as many children as possible.

I would like to thank all the medical staff and everyone who donated to this amazing cause – we are truly grateful.

Lisa Williams: CHSF Community Fundraiser

And last but certainly not least…

On the other side of the cheque presentation this week, CHSF’s very own Community Fundraiser Lisa Williams has been running non-stop to do her bit for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund!

Lisa said:

I wanted to support CHSF because I meet so many inspirational families going through their CHD journey and I see first-hand what an amazing difference our charity makes to these families.

Lisa completed the Leeds 10k and the Leeds Abbey Dash in aid of CHSF this year. She also completed the London Marathon in aid of Global Make Some Noise as they supported CHSF with a large donation, taking Lisa’s donation to over £3,000 for charity this year!

Lisa meets lots of our amazing fundraisers within her role and appreciates the time and effort supporters invest in the charity.

She can’t wait for 2019 and more challenges to come!

Thank you, Lisa!