The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are delighted to have Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) on board as the Club’s charity partner.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the Club will work to raise awareness of CHSF, an award-winning charity supporting the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. CHSF’s support includes new equipment, accommodation for families, staffing, Ward facilities and research.
Around 400 children have open heart surgery at the Heart Unit every year, with around 10,000 patients attending annually for help and treatment. The fund relies on the generous donations from supporters as it endeavours to support patients with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and their families through some of the most difficult times of their lives.
To mark the start of the partnership, some of the Club’s senior players visited the Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary ahead of Christmas 2016. Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Ryan Sidebottom, Azeem Rafiq and Will Rhodes took time out of pre-season training to hand out gifts and meet patients, their families and the staff.
The Club’s Chief Executive, Mark Arthur said: “This is a very exciting partnership and one where we genuinely believe we can help make a difference.
“We are looking forward to working with all of the dedicated and hardworking team at Children’s Heart Surgery Fund over the next two years and have huge admiration for their work.
“If we can help in any way, whether it be raising funds or awareness, then this partnership will have served its purpose.”
Sharon Coyle, the CEO of CHSF said: “This two-year partnership means a great deal to Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, we are thrilled to be associated with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
“Both organisations represent Yorkshire people in such a positive way.
“Working in partnership will generate new openings to raise awareness and funds. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
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