Our Charity Partnership for 2015-July 2017 was the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is the award winning charity supporting the Yorkshire heart unit at the Leeds General Infirmary.
We asked our staff to vote to choose our Charity of the Year – CHSF won with an overwhelming majority. We wanted to show our support for a charity that has affected many people within our community and this is our way of giving something back.
Our proximity to the charity enables many of our staff to get involved on a regular basis with activities such as decorating the heart unit. It also provides the opportunity for them to meet many of the children and families who are affected by congenital heart disease and see first-hand how CHSF support them.
— Paul Scholey, Senior Partner at Morrish Solicitors
About Children’s Heart Surgery Fund
Established in 1988, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a charity providing support for children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects and their families. CHSF provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the children and their families along the way.
Based at the Leeds General Infirmary, CHSF covers the regions of Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. Around 400 children from these regions need open heart surgery every year. They aim to ensure these children have the best possible chance of survival and to help their families in whatever way needed during their stay in hospital. Work is overseen by a board of Trustees – made up of clinical staff, parents and business leaders.
They raise money to help the children’s heart unit at the Leeds General Infirmary and provide superb care for its young patients and their families, but their work doesn’t stop there. More than 40% of the children who have an operation will need long-term care, and each year 10,000 children pass through the unit. They support them every step of the way – from womb to adulthood.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’ve been able to approve funding for projects totalling millions of pounds in the last few years. From funding cutting edge equipment to paying for the fish tank on the ward, we’re always on the lookout for ways we can help improve the lives of our young heart patients. Here are some of the ways we aim to give every child a childhood.
Help us spread the word
We held various fundraising events over 2 years, some of which CHSF organised and some which we ran ourselves.
All of the money we raised will be going towards the new Hybrid Theatre at the heart unit. The new theatre will mean that imaging, cardiac catheterisation and surgery will come together in way that has never been possible before. See further details of the ‘Keeping the Beat‘ campaign.
Collection tins and badges were displayed at each of our offices.
How much did we raise?
We took part in group visits to the heart unit at the LGI to allow staff to meet patients and their families and find out a bit more about what the charity do. We also decorated the unit for Christmas and helped out at the children’s Christmas Party.
15,000 ft Skydive
Four brave Morrish members of staff – Ashley Dixon, Carrie King, Emily Meredith and Rizzwana Bashir took part in a tandem skydive from 15,000 ft for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund!! It took place at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire on 13 September 2015.
Thanks to your support, we raised an amazing £2,500. This will help provide support for children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects. CHSF provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the children and their families along the way. Here are some photos from the day.
Colour Me Rad
Nine Morrish members of staff took part in the 5k Colour Me Rad run for our Charity Partnership, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. It took place at Harewood House on 21 May 2016.
Thanks to your support, we raised a fantastic £780.00. This will help provide support for children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects. Here are some photos from the day.
Staff across all 4 of our branches baked lots of lovely cakes and treats in aid of our Great Halloween Bake-Off. Large cakes were auctioned across the business and staff were able to leave donations in an honesty box for smaller treats – suffice to say that they didn’t last long and there were just a few crumbs left at the end of the day! The event raised a fantastic £250.00 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.