Gina Vanni-Buckley: Fundraiser of the Month

August is already upon us and it’s time to hear about another amazing Fundraiser of the Month – Gina Vanni-Buckley. Read more about her story…

Gina’s daughter Rae was born with Tetralogy of Fallot and at just 8 months old, Rae endured open heart surgery to repair the defect. Rae’s surgery was a success and continues to do well, with a bright, healthy future ahead of her and so Gina wanted to find a way to give something back.

On 13 May, Gina and seven very good friends (Martin, Jen, Lizzie, Michael, Vicki, Liam and James) fastened their running shoes and took on the Leeds Half Marathon in aid of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. 13.1 long miles later, Gina and her group crossed the finish line and in doing so had raised a fantastic £4,255 for CHSF.

Gina explains why raising money for CHSF was so important to her…

Thanks to the work of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and the money raised by the charity we have had amazing support before, during and after Rae’s surgery. It was such a difficult time in all our lives and CHSF made this process a lot easier for us.

All of our hospital visits have been made better by CHSF. From toys in the waiting room for clinic appointments, to life-saving equipment and a place for parents to stay on the ward. Without the work that this charity does we would not have received this amazing support, right on our doorstep.

This dedicated fundraiser also offered some words of wisdom for anyone thinking about raising money for the charity…

Tell your story. A lot of people don’t know about all the work that goes on behind the scenes from charities such as Children’s Heart Surgery Fund – to help make lives better for children and their families.

It’s thanks to support from amazing people like Gina and her dedicated friends that CHSF can continue funding life-changing care and treatment and keep supporting hearts for life.

I wanted to raise money for this amazing charity so that they can continue to do their amazing work and help families like mine in the future.


If you’re looking to get involved with CHSF, take a look at our latest events or give us a call if you want to organise your own event and need help.

If you’d like to share your story, please e-mail or visit our #BecauseofYou page.




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