It’s #FundraisingFriday and what better way to celebrate it nearly being the weekend than by saying a huge ‘Thank you!’ to this week’s group of supporters…

Gillian Hirst: Yorkshire Three Peaks

Several of Gillian Hirst’s team decided they wanted to raise more money for CHSF following their successful Bake Red Day in February. How better than to raise sponsor money by walking the gruelling Yorkshire 3 Peaks in under 12 hours in May, followed by the Kapow 5K inflatable obstacle course on a scorching hot day in June?

Gillian’s son, Danny, has a mechanical heart valve and uses an INR home testing kit provided by CHSF.

Little People Nurseries: Summer Fayre

Becky, Nursery Manager:

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is close to all our hearts at Little People Nurseries, the charity has helped many of our families across our settings. My daughter had emergency heart surgery 5 years ago and I cannot thank the charity enough for all their support. We held a Summer Fayre in August and had a fantastic day – Katie Bear even joined us along with some other friends: Peppa Pig and Chase from Paw Patrol! A big thank you to CHSF!

And a big thank you to you too!

Lisa Stubbs: Tombola in Tadcaster

The money was raised by doing a tombola at my shop in Tadcaster and having a collection tin on the counter that customers put their spare change in.

The heart unit have performed 3 surgeries on my daughter, Sophia. The first being at a week old and the most recent being open heart last November. She was born without a valve, a hole in the heart, a leak and a double heart murmur.

Raising money is a way of saying thank you. Here is Sophia handing her cheque over to CHSF.

Laura Portrey: Yorkshire Three Peaks

We have a 1 year old baby girl called Brooklyn-Ivy Panther. At 7 weeks old she was diagnosed with “Anomolous Coronory Artery of The Right Origin” and at 9 weeks old she had her first heart catheter surgery.

Brooklyn doesn’t suffer with any symptoms or problems as of yet but she does have regular visits to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit to keep an eye on her heart as they believe open heart surgery/investigations may be needed in the future if problems do arise.

She is the happiest baby we have ever met so as her parents we decided to take on The Yorkshire Three Peaks on the 30 August to raise money for CHSF. We completed our goal in 9.5 hours. It was such an achievement for us.

From day one, Brooklyn has received the best care from the heart team at the LGI, and so have we as her parents. We just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone in the CHSF team, all the nurses, doctors, surgeons and to our friends and family who donated to such a great cause! We raised £400. Thankyou!

Fantastic effort guys – we are so grateful!

The Scott Family: Casino Nights

Oliver’s hospital stays have continued throughout his life due to Tetralogy of Fallot – a condition which has seen him not only battle a hole in the heart, but sees his heart also in the wrong position. His valve is also narrowed and a ventricle is thicker than it should be.

To say thank you to Children’s Heart Surgery Fund who have helped Oliver since he was born, his parents Lorraine and Chris organised another fundraising event in support of CHSF.

Chris Scott, celebrated his 50th Birthday recently and asked for donations to be made to the family’s fundraising events, and held two casino evenings. They also raffled signed shirts for Hull City, Hull FC and Hull KR.

Chris said:

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund do amazing work for young people all over the region and this is our way of giving something back. We always make sure people have a fantastic time at our events while raising vital funds for such an important cause.


An incredible bunch of dedicated fundraisers this #FundraisingFriday, I’m sure you’ll agree. To see how you can get involved, and support CHSF get in touch with Lisa Williams, Community Fundraiser | 0113 831 4810