How We Are Funded

We are truly thankful for all the support that Tiny Tickers receives – we’re a very small charity, making a big impact for babies with congenital heart defects and their families, but we can’t do this work alone. We cannot do, what we do, without you.

General fundraising: Nearly half of our funding comes from all the amazing fundraisers who have organised bake sales, run the Great North Run, held a sponsored walk, or set up a monthly direct debit donation. Thank you from all of us.


Samantha jumped out of a plane for us, bravely doing a skydive in memory of her son Matteo. Samantha says: “I wanted to do something special for my son Matteo and Tiny Tickers, a charity close to my heart. When Matteo was born I fell totally in love, and was very much looking forward to all the wonderful things we would do together. We had a fantastic nine days at home with Matteo, getting to know all his little features and his sweet baby coos. Tragically, on day ten, Matteo became very unwell and passed away in the A&E department in mine and my husband’s arms. Our lives were changed forever. We later found out that Matteo had an undiagnosed heart condition. We will always wonder if his condition was diagnosed, would he still be with us today?”


Trusts and foundations: We would like to say a huge thank you to our generous funders who fund a variety of our core work and projects.

Leeds-based charity Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is one of our committed funders and has recently awarded us a grant towards our Pulse Oximetry project. CHSF chief executive Sharon Coyle says: “CHSF are thrilled to be supporting this project; we see the value of collaboration on such an important issue. We believe having these machines within hospital departments will enhance the fantastic service families already receive.”

Tiny Tickers Heart Week in February: 6% of our income is raised through appeals such as Heart Week.  From the support of wonderful companies such as Swizzels Matlow (Love Hearts makers extraordinaire!) to our fabulous fundraisers who bake, run and have fun, all in the name of Heart Week – thank you!

Vicky organised a back sale at her local mums and tots group as part of Heart Week. Vicky says: “Being a new-ish mum myself I found the work the charity was doing incredibly inspiring – so when Heart Week came up I did what any self-respecting person would do and turned to cake! The support from the mums and dads was fantastic – the charity really brought out the generosity in everyone. It was a great morning and we raised far more than I would have expected – including awareness of the charity, heart defects and what to ask about during a scan. As a parent, you can’t help but be impressed with the work Tiny Tickers is doing and the families they are helping.


You can read our annual report and accounts, and see our income and spending for the last few years on the Charity Commission website, here.

Katie Lawson, Tiny Tickers’ Head of Fundraising:

“We’re a small charity covering the whole of the UK, so every pound we raise makes a real difference. With the generous help of our supporters and funders, we’ll be able to help even more babies with heart problems get the care and treatment they need to lead happy and healthy lives.”

Our fundraising promise

Our promise to our fundraisers is that:

You can read about our fundraising promises and complaints procedure here.