Fundraising Star - Leah Carvell

Introducing our fundraising Star: Leah Carvell.

Leah, along with her friends and family have set up a memorial fund to honour her brother David.  The fund helps us to provide our Small Grant Scheme to help heart families all over the country.  The fund has already raised nearly £10,000.  Kate of the Children’s Heart Federation said: “raising funds in memory of a loved one is such a nice way to honour and remember someone. The funds raised will have a lasting effect on our services and to those people who benefit directly and indirectly from our work.” Kate added: ” we’d like to say a big thank you to Leah and her friends and family who have shown such kindness in their support for the David Carvell Fund”.

Leah said: “We lost my brother David Carvell on the 24th December 2011 aged 20 to coarctation of the aorta.  David was a very loving gentle and kind hearted boy who was always very fun and the life and soul of any event. We have tried to let this fun loving side of him live on by holding many events in his name to help raise money for the Children’s Heart Federation.

“We raised the money for the David Carvell fund by setting up events that people could participate in and attend. These included first off a normal ticketed event, which included raffles, prizes and a charity disco and buffet. We then also held a sponsored walk in the summer in which many people participated and got sponsored. Then David’s Uncle, Paul Smith and previous teacher Anthony Hattam participated in a 5k run and also got sponsored to help us raise money for our charity. David’s secondary school (Hassenbrook secondary school in Stanford Le Hope) Held a non uniform day in aid of David and helped us raise money towards the fund. We then held a fancy dress ticketed event which also included raffles, prizes a disco and buffet.

One of David’s best friends Lewis Madder, also lost his Nan and asked for any monetary contributions to be donated to the David Carvell fund instead of flowers etc. Our upcoming events include a Tribute act with sit down meal event, and also a sponsored assault course in Upminster which is being participated in by Zoe Kingshott.  We are also planning to team up again with Hassenbrook secondary school and hold a fun day on their field during the summer which shall include, live music, food and game stalls, children’s activities, and so on.

“We are pleased that all money raised for this fund is going to support children and families of the Children’s Heart Federation”.

 Latest Update from Leah

The fundraising we have organised and participated in recently are Our family members:  Paul Smith, Luke Smith, Billy Smith, and Zoe Kingshott, and also great friends of the family Joey Ashman, Stephen Pursey, Anthony and Alex Hattam, and Alison participated in the Horndon on the Hill 10k run and were sponsored for The David Carvell Fund on the 30th June 2013 (on one of the hottest days of the year may we add!) Runners and supporters of this event are pictured below.

Also around 40 of our family and friends then participated in a Sponsored walk around a mapped route in Stanford Le Hope for The David Carvell fund on the 6th July 2013 where prizes were won for the fastest Women, Man, boy and girl.

We also plan to hold a charity football match at Colchester football club where family and friends will be participating in the match and we will be hoping to pull out a few favours from friends and get a few famous footballers to be able to attend and sign some merchandise, and meet everybody and give us some great photos of the day.

We are also in the process of purchasing normal Sumo wrestling suits, as well as Ballerina, Pirate, Elvis, Ninja, Superhero sumo wrestling suits, and two strawberry sumo wrestling suits for the ladies participating for a Sumo wrestling family fun day to arrange this in the near future.


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