Inspiring student takes heart

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Wear Red Day was acknowledged throughout Yorkshire last Friday and certainly at Tadcaster Grammar School where one student’s inspirational fundraising idea caught the imagination and support of all.

When Tyler heard that the school wanted to hold a non-uniform day to coincide with Wear Red Day, he contacted Leeds General Infirmary with the purpose of helping to combat Congenital Heart Disease.

He completed all the necessary paperwork to register the school, helped to co-ordinate the event and even put together a powerpoint showing some of the children who have benefitted from the specialist care.

Tyler knows how important the Unit is at LGI because, not only have a number of students at Tadcaster Grammar School benefitted from the specialist care and treatment they offer, but his Dad works there as a Cardiac Nurse.

Together with help from his brother Josh, the boys have really made their Dad proud and through their outstanding efforts have been able to send a substantial amount of money to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

“I am so proud of Tyler,” said his House Leader Mrs Weatherill. “He is a young man who is absolutely passionate about the Children’s Heart Unit.

“He persuaded both me and the Deputy Headteacher, Ms Mulhern, that this was a good cause and subsequently produced all the resources for the whole school to use,” she added.

“Tyler and Josh have raised money for our charity before by doing the York Fun Runs and helping at the Christmas Party, but to have the whole of Tadcaster Grammar School supporting Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is fantastic,” said Dr Elspeth Brown, Consultant Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist, and Lead for Congenital Cardiology, Leeds Congenital Heart Unit and also a mother of two children at Tadcaster Grammar School.

“We are so grateful for the support we receive from all schools in Yorkshire and the money raised by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is vital to support the work of the Congenital Heart Unit in Leeds,” she added.

The charity helps fund equipment, staff posts, resources and training for those who work on the heart wards; and supports CHD patients and their families.

To find out more about the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at LGI please go to