On Monday 26 June, four of Switalskis’ Directors visited staff and patients at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary. The visit marked the start of a new fundraising partnership with the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which supports the unit, providing much-needed relief to families, as well as funding equipment, facilities and training. CHSF was selected by Switalskis staff as their Charity of the Year this spring.
The firm has pledged to raise money for the hospital charity’s ‘Keeping The Beat’ Appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 towards a revolutionary children’s heart theatre. By having these new cutting-edge facilities available it will mean that children across the Yorkshire region will have access to the highest standards of treatment and care.
Ranjit Uppal, Razia Jogi, Sarah Cookson and Sarah Walker were able to see first-hand the work carried out at the hospital. Ranjit Uppal, Director and specialist Children Law Solicitor said “As a father of two, and someone whose work means that I have to consider the welfare of children on a daily basis, it’s humbling to see the incredible work being done at the hospital. From the tiniest of babies to the most poorly of teenagers – it’s easy to see just how special this place is.”
Leeds has the fourth busiest heart surgery unit in the UK and this specialist children’s theatre will lead the way in providing excellent care to babies and children for generations to come. The firm plans to hold a number of fundraising events over the forthcoming year, including a Skydive by their most daring lawyers!
Ellie Brown, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager said, “As part of our partnership launch with Switalskis, it was great to show them how their fundraising will make a difference. By meeting children with congenital heart disease and learning more about the work funded by Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, it puts into context what we do. Here at Children’s Heart Surgery Fund we’re excited about the year ahead!”