Fundraiser of the Month: Emma McDonald

As we wave goodbye to the warm and welcome autumnal October, we meet our brand-new Fundraiser of the Month – Emma McDonald!

Emma’s son Freddie was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis at 2 ½ years old, undergoing two open-heart surgeries before his 4th birthday. For the first 5 years of this life he spent a lot of time in hospital, having lots of different procedures and tests.

The McDonald Family

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund supported Freddie and his family through both of his surgeries. Freddie’s mum and dad were able to stay in CHSF’s family accommodation whilst he was in intensive care – with many pieces of equipment need to treat Freddie on the NICU also being funded by the charity.

With CHSF being there every step of the way Emma, Freddie’s mum, decided she wanted to give something back.

LEFT: Emma, Freddie and guests at her most recent charity ball   RIGHT: The McDonalds on the red carpet

Emma has organised not one, but two incredibly successful charity balls, which have raised over £25,000 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund! A staggering feat that we are so very grateful for.

And it doesn’t stop there! Emma’s family are keen to get involved too, with Emma’s sister arranging for 21 children to take part in the gruelling 2K obstacle course, Junior Warrior this year – raising another £2000 for CHSF.

Junior Warrior: before and after!

We asked Emma if she had any advice for future fundraisers…

Be passionate and be bold when you are fundraising – and never feel bad for asking people for support! You know the worth of the charity and you need everyone else to understand what it means to you. Always be grateful for any amount you receive.


Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a wonderful charity that do their best to support children and families emotionally while also support the ward by funding new equipment, training and now a bigger bespoke surgery. I am very happy we have been able to contribute to this knowing Freddie is likely to need operations in the future.

Emma McDonald


What an inspiration! Thank you, Emma, for all your amazing hard work to raise funds and profile for CHSF. It is #BecauseOfYou that we are able to continue supporting hearts for life.

Are you feeling inspired? To find out how you can get involved contact our Community Fundraiser Lisa Williams 0113 381 4810

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