Supporting hearts for life – our story

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund was founded in 1988. Since then, we have awarded around £6 million in grants to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, its patients and their families, as well as funding important research proposals.

It’s all thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the general public and our corporate supporters, and by the amazing efforts of our fundraisers.

During our 30th anniversary year in 2018, we produced a celebration magazine which is available to read here. This magazine also includes information about the Save Our Surgery (SOS) campaign, which CHSF successfully ran with your help to keep the Heart Unit open. It is because of your donations and support through the years that we have a today and a tomorrow.Please see some key moments from our history below.

 

OUR HISTORY

CHSF WAS STARTED

August 5, 1988

CHSF WAS STARTED

CHSF started by surgeon Duncan Walker at Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds with the motto “Each Child has a Childhood”.

FIRST BIG FUND DONATION

August 6, 1989

FIRST BIG FUND DONATION

The first big fund donation enabled a new PICU theatre to be built

CHSF ON THE MOVE

August 7, 1997

CHSF ON THE MOVE

Killingbeck site closes (charity moves to Brotherton Wing Old People’s Home.

APPOINTMENT OF OUR CEO

August 6, 2007

APPOINTMENT OF OUR CEO

Sharon Milner joins as CEO.

ECKERSLEY HOUSE PLEDGE

August 6, 2010

ECKERSLEY HOUSE PLEDGE

CHSF began pledging money to “home from home” Eckersley House to help the parents of CHD patients stay on site. Because of You, that amount is now nearly £400k.

SOS!

August 6, 2011

SOS!

Save Our Surgery (SOS) Ltd is set up to fight the closure of the LCHU.

BRAVEHEARTS MAGAZINE

August 6, 2012

CHSF launches Bravehearts magazine, and a special edition follows to promote the fight to “Save Our Surgery”.

Read back issues, and sign up to receive our free monthly BraveHearts newsletter here

SOS CAMPAIGN WINS!

August 6, 2013

SOS CAMPAIGN WINS!

The SOS campaign wins the legal battle for LCHU to stay open.

WEAR RED DAY LAUNCH

February 1, 2014

WEAR RED DAY LAUNCH

Wear Red Day launches as an annual event – it was created by a parent supporter to raise money for the SOS court case.
Wear Red Day happens every year on the first Friday of February, see here for more details.

CHSF ON THE MOVE!

August 6, 2014

CHSF ON THE MOVE!

Move to Brotherton Wing, opposite Millennium Square.

KEEPING THE BEAT!

August 6, 2016

KEEPING THE BEAT!

Keeping the Beat campaign launches and reaches £500k target two years later because of you!

KATIE BEAR GOES TO HOSPITAL

August 6, 2017

KATIE BEAR GOES TO HOSPITAL

LCHU get the official green light to stay open from NHS England! Also, the launch of Katie Bear Goes to Hospital, an interactive book for young CHD patients.

30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

August 6, 2018

30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

CHSF celebrates 30 year anniversary with ambassador Dickie Bird OBE and moves to 3 Oxford Place, Leeds.

NEW HYBRID THEATRE

August 6, 2019

NEW HYBRID THEATRE

New hybrid theatre with equipment funded by CHSF’s Keeping The Beat appeal is officially opened by the Duchess of Wessex.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Your generosity can really mean the world to children and adults with congenital heart disease across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Whatever you can give will make a huge difference!

3 Oxford Place
Leeds
LS1 3AX

0113 831 4810
info@chsf.org.uk

Registered Charity Number: 1148359
Registered Company Number: 8152970