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Stepping Up for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

29 July 2022

Tenants and staff at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Jazz Court, in Eastfield near Scarborough handed over an incredible £850 to their charity of the year partner, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF).

Fundraising efforts at Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Jazz Court

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit - a world-class centre of excellence - by providing the funding and resources needed to care for a patient's heart, mind, family and future.

Fundraising efforts included a Stepathon, a donation from the Jazz Court Tenants Committee and an Easter raffle. Two residents also made their own special fundraising efforts with Lynne Wellock dying her hair pink and Alan Readman (Sandy) doing fancy dress for the day and later wearing the charity’s bear mascot as part of the cause.

Liz Jones Registered Retirement Living Manager at Jazz Court put forward the idea to residents and colleagues to fundraise for the charity following the support her friend Maxine and her son Nathan had received from CHSF. They both joined in with the Stepathon and Nathan bravely participated with his mum.

Alan, a tenant at Jazz Court’s granddaughter had also benefited from the charity’s support. Hallie had heart surgery at only six weeks old and CHSF helped the family with accommodation while staying in Leeds and suppling toiletries and toys. Now a happy and healthy nine-month-old, baby Hallie joined her Grandad and mum on the day of the Stepathon.  

Amanda Warrent, CHSF Corporate Partnership Manger said “We cannot thank everyone enough at Jazz Court. It was so lovely to meet everyone and especially Max and Nathan- what a mum holding him for the full 10 minutes on the step! He’s a proper charming little man. Also, it was lovely to have met baby Hallie, what a beautiful little girl.

“Thank you to the wonderful residents for raising such an incredible amount of money, especially right now when money is really tight for everyone. It blew me away the generosity of everyone.”

Tracey Potter, Wellbeing and Inclusion Assistant at Jazz Court added: “I would just like to personally thank everyone who got involved, everyone here had a wonderful time while raising money for a charity that does such important work to support the families and children who come into contact with the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit.”

CHSF are wholly funded by public donations, and because of YOU, the LCHU are able to give the best treatment to 17,000 babies, children, teenagers and adults living with congenital heart disease each year.

To find out more about CHSF, and make a donation, visit www.chsf.org.uk.

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