10:03am Friday 6th July 2012 in By Adam Binnie
A couple from Rickmansworth organised a treasure hunt event to raise money for a charity close to their heart.
Michelle and Ian Crossley from Norfolk Road organised the event to to raise money for The Children’s Heart Federation, a charity which which helped their son.
Zak was born with a heart condition called tetraology of fallot, where oxygenated and deoxygenated blood mixes in the left ventrical.
Mrs Crossley said: “Every since then it has been a roller coaster rise of emotions. He had his first major operation at just 14-months-old.
“Throughout this difficult period the Children’s Heart Federation were there for support and advice.
“They do great work in supporting families like ours and we felt that we wanted to give something back.”
The event, which took place on Sunday, involved ten cars hunting for treasure all the way to Tring and the surrounding areas, lasting more than three hours.
In total £525 was raised, and the winning team was the Ross family, with 80 points.
Mrs Crossley added: “The teams had to pick up clues along the way and we all ended up in the pub for lunch.
“It was a great day and all the families enjoyed it. It was a great way to have fun and raise some money for a really important cause”.
About one in every 133 children has a heart problem, meaning about 5,000 children each year are affected.
The Children’s Heart Federation provides advice and support for these children and their parents as well as giving grants to help with travel and accommodation costs when a child is in hospital.
Rebecca Holt, family support officer for the charity, said: “This event was a great idea, a really fun day out and not like anything we have had before so hats off to Ian and Michelle for organising it.
“Everyone at CHF would like to say a big thank you to them and everyone who took part in the day for helping to raise vital money for the charity.
“All the funds raised by her will go directly towards our work in supporting thousands of families across the UK whose children have congenital heart problems”.
Source: Watford Observer