Archive for May, 2011
In December 2009, Cody Gallagher, the 13 month old founding member of fundraising group ‘Fighting Chance’ passed away after spending most of his young life fighting cardiomyopathy.
The ‘Fighting Chance’ fundraisers continued to raise essential funds through a variety of events and challenge in the memory of little Cody. Their 2010 year of fundraising started (and in 2011 finished) with Cody’s Challenge – a cycling event at which over 300 cyclists from across Northern Ireland and Ireland took part.
There were also bagpacks, bungee jumps and dinner dances held throughout the year but the piece de resistance was 10 brave fundraisers who took on Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa! A very very big thank you to Cody’s parents Judith and Stephen Gallagher for raising these funds and to all their family and many friends who took part in this fundraising effort. The amounts raised pay testimony to the work and effort put in by all and their use in helping other children with congenital heart disease is a wonderful way to celebrate little Cody’s short life.
Battling through snow, sleet and high winds the four fantastic fundraisers made it in the phenomenal time of 6hours, raising much needed funds for the charity.
Commenting on this achievement, Gerard said ‘It was tough going but the support of my wife Joanne and baby son, Liam really kept me going. It was Liam’s first birthday on the day of the walk – he has had a tough start to life – receiving treatment at Clark Clinic, Children’s Hospital for a serious heart defect. This is why we decided to raise these funds to help other sick children with heart disease in Northern Ireland.
The Clifford family would like to thank all their friends and family for their support, with special mention to the other three walkers and Ashleigh McTeggart, Declan McKerr and Siobhan O’Dowd who were central to making ‘Liam’s Walk’ such a success.
Friday June 10 is our ‘Wear your Heart on your Sleeve Day’.
We ran this ‘Wear your heart on your sleeve for children with heart disease’ day for the first time last year and with 50 events taking place across Northern Ireland it was soo successful we have decided to make it an annual event! So, get involved – it’s really easy! Why not take a box of our badges to sell, organise a coffee morning, a wear red to work or at home day or encourage your child’s school/ nursery to make their own hearts on their sleeves with our easy to follow activity pack. To get a ‘Wear your Heart on your Sleeve’ fundraising kit just email email@example.com or call 07584 164815.
Firewalk – 4th June 2011
Staff from local company Resource NI are taking part in a FireWalk on 4 June at Cultra Inn. This event requires nerves of steel and with 50 people taking part should be a real spectacle!
The Bronze family have had a busy year fundraising on behalf of the charity with series of events. A close family friend, Derek Leonard dusted down his running shoes and tackled the Waterside Half Marathon which he finished in the remarkable time of 2h 24 mins. There are rumours that he has caught the running bug and is aiming to better his time at the 2011 event! The family also organised a charity football match and sold lots of eye-catching items on eBay including a Tom Jones signed book!
Many thanks to Neil and Arlene Bronze for all their hard work over the past year and to all their family, friends and co-workers who have supported them.
The Lynn family from Ballykeel organised a fantastic fundraising night out in the Ballymena Rugby Club on 9 April, in aid of the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
Little Mark Lynn is currently receiving treatment at Clark Clinic, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for a serious heart condition and the family wanted to raise funds to help support other children in Northern Ireland with congenital heart problems, and their families.
The Lynn family would like to thank everyone who came along and supported Mark’s Fundraiser Night including Grafters for the excellent buffet and all the shops, family and friends who donated raffle prizes.
An annual bowling tournament has raised funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The tournament runs for a few months with two teams playing each other weekly and making a donation to the chosen charity for that season.
Many thanks to Margaret McKinstry for putting us forward for selection, to First Donegore Presbyterian Church Bowling Club for organising the tournament which is kindly sponsored by United Feeds. Also a very big thank you to all the bowlers who made such generous donations in aid of the charity.
Click on the below link to see more pics of our fundraisers who took part in the 2011 Belfast Marathon. Congratulations to all our participants!