Supporting hearts for life
Children’s Heart Surgery Fund provides support for babies, children and adults born with congenital heart disease and their families.
Working alongside the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary, we fund ground-breaking new equipment, resources, training and research, as well as offering support for patients and their families whenever they need it.
Around 450 babies, children and adults from Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire need open-heart surgery every year and over 17,500 are treated as outpatients. We aim to ensure that these patients have the best possible support and to help their families and loved ones however we can during their stay in hospital.
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.
Caring for the heart, mind family and future
A large part of what we do is raising money to help the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit provide the best possible care for its young patients and their families. But our work doesn’t stop there. We know that caring for people with congenital heart disease involves much more than treating the heart itself, which is why we use a holistic approach to help the heart, mind, family and future.
We fund vital, innovative equipment to help the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit save and improve lives, as well as keep up with the ever-changing technologies needed to treat children and adults in this very complex field.
We believe that caring for the mind is just as important as caring for the body. We help create a restful, positive ward environment for patients and their families and provide play equipment in the playroom, with games consoles, DVDs, toys and craft resources on o.er, as well as our resident goldfish.
Seeing a loved one in the hospital is never easy, particularly if they’re very young. We do everything we can to support families practically and financially during their child’s hospital stay.
We award grants for travel expenses to ease the financial burden of traveling from across Yorkshire to visit a child and we also fund accommodation close to the hospital so that parents can get some much-needed rest during the evening, knowing that they are still close to their child.
We also offer an invaluable support network of thousands of fellow parents, patients and extended family members on our Facebook community group.
Techniques and technologies are constantly changing, so we make sure we are always aware of what’s happening next in the world of congenital heart disease by funding research, clinical posts and projects – and campaigning on the subject.
Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to approve millions of pounds of funding for all kinds of projects. From funding cutting-edge equipment to specific research projects we are always looking to improve lives.