Archive for 2015

Charity Fitness Challenge

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Looking to get active in the new year? Then this is the perfect kick starter for you!

To book you place, please contact Gym Co on the number below, as spaces are limited.

Please click on the poster for further details



Fab Friday 11.2.15

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Its the run up to Christmas and we are still busy with lots of fundraising events.  Thank you again to everyone who has donated, fundraised or sponsored someone in aid of the charity. Your support is greatly appreciated!


Ardboe Community Pic for Childrens Heartbeat Trust

Pictured is Lynn Cowan from Children’s Heartbeat Trust accepting a generous cheque of £1,000 from Ryan Forbes on behalf of the Community of Ardboe. A fundraising night was held at Ardboe Parish in aid of the charity and other worthy causes.


Lynn Cowan receives a generous cheque from the Dungiven Bravehearts who raised money by taking part in RunHer. Pictured are Ryan Cooke, Mary Cooke, Tricia Harkin, Calire Quinn, Sinead Gaile, Domineco Conway, Leona McNicholl & Donna O’Connor.

Firewalk Chq Photo

Aimee McCalister along with Ross Kane from Grace Neills present a cheque for £1,019 to Lynn Cowan. The money was raised from a Firewalk held in Donaghadee town. Many Thanks go to everyone who supported the event.

Jodie & Molly Fundraising

Little Molly McKnight is pictured smiling with her mum Jodie McCullough presenting a £2000 cheque for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from a fundraising night at the Annex Bar in Belfast.

Kisell Hegarty

Kathryn Mellon with daughters Blaithin and Karine present a cheque for £503.00 together with Kisel, Aoife and Paul Hegarty. The money was raised from a coffee morning held at the Hegarty Home in aid of the charity.

LS Results £326

Ryan and Connor from LS Results are pictured with Ruairi Mcsorley. They held a Run Dam Run event raising over £300 for the charity. The event was in aid of three charities including us, Epilepsy Society and Papyrus for the Prevention of young Suicide. This was the first time the event was held and we look forward to next year!

Ortus Golf Day

Sean Toal, Ortus Property Manager hands over £7000 to Lynn Cowan from the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from the company’s annual charity golf day at Belvoir Park Golf Club.

Stephen Moore Farm Machinery

Alison Moore from Stephen Moore Farm Machinery is pictured presenting Lynn with a cheque for £710. The money was raised through donations received at Santa’s arrival to the John Deere Outlet in Coleraine

Festive Fun!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

CHT Grp Shot

Big Thank you to everyone that came along to our CHT Christmas Party on Sunday 6th December at Hilton Templepatrick. It was brilliant to see so many of our lovely heart families there and what a great opportunity to show off this year’s Christmas jumpers!


Caolan and Catherine Ward - Culmore LDerry

We had a fantastic day filled with plenty of Santa’s little helpers making Christmas crafts, giggles galore with Louie the Entertainer, lots of festive treats and activities and we even got a very special visit from Santa himself……thankfully we are all on the nice list!


Looking forward to our day at the panto on Sunday 13th December at the Waterside Theatre in L’Derry but if we don’t see you there we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

CHT Team xx

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Fab Friday 27.11.15

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Another Fab Friday and another set of great fundraising events that have been happening for the charity.  Don’t forget if your running a fundraising event in aid of us, please do let us know.  Simply drop Lynn an email on



Ballyeaston Vinatge Tractor Club £1800

Member from Ballyeaston Vintage Tractor Club are pictured presenting a cheque for £1,800 to Cathy. The Club held a Charity Concert in October for the charity. Thank you must go to everyone who donated.

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You maybe don’t recognise him, but this is Damien McMullan presenting £505 to Lynn from CHT. The money was raised from a charity shave off. Damien grew his beard to be an extra in the famous Game of Thrones series and then decided to shave it off in aid of the charity. Well done and thanks to everyone at Bells Accident & Repair who donated!

Dominic Fryers Bel Marathon Fun Run over £1000

Dominic Fryers Snr and Dominic Jnr are pictured with Lynn. The Fryers Family & Friends took part in the Fun Run of the Belfast Marathon and raised over £1,000 for the charity!

Enniskillen Model Primary School

Enniskillen Model Primary pupils Molly and Nicole are pictured with Mrs Shirley Rowland, Chairman of the P.T.A presenting Sarah with £400. The money was raised from the Schools Harvest Assembly which was organised by the P.T.A.

Katie Mulholland Ball

Sarah is pictured receiving £4,840 from Katie Mullholland who held a fabulous charity ball for her 18th Birthday at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. All funds raised were divided between Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Children’s Liver Disease Association, Chest Heart & Stroke and RVH Liver Support Group. Thank you to everyone involved.

Larne RFC £800

Lynn is pictured with President Phil McMurtry and James McCluggage from Larne Rugby Club presenting £800 to the charity. The money was raised from a pig racing night held at the rugby club in aid of the charity!

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Stephanie Monaghan is pictured presenting over £7,300 each to Valerie from Helping Hand and Lynn from CHT. The money was raised from a Country and Gospel Night Held at Tandragee Junior High. Thank you to everyone who donated and attended the evening.

Help us this #GivingTuesday

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

GTNI-logo1 (2) (1)#GivingTuesday (1st December in 2015) is recognised as a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and the online shopping boom on Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give!


Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the good word of a charity, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.


Children’s Heartbeat Trust is excited to be part of this year’s campaign and  we want you to help us raise awareness of what we do via the following methods:


#SeasonalSelfie – Show us some love on #GivingTuesday by tweeting and posting your seasonal selfie and texting HEARTS to 70660 to donate £5 to the charity.  Please include #SeasonalSelfie & #GivingTuesdayNI in your post.

If you wish you can tag other people in your post who you would like to nominate to continue the #SeasonalSelfie for CHT!

Dont forget to post it on Tuesday 1st December (#GivingTuesday) for us to share!  It can be anything that relates to Christmas.  From a christmas jumper selfie, to eating a mince pies – let your imagination run wild! It’s all a bit of festive fun to help raise awareness for what we do.

The Gift of Time – #GivingTuesday is also an opportunity for you to give your time to a charity through volunteering.  We have a number of volunteering opportunities coming up to Christmas.  If you would like to donate your time to CHT, then please get in touch for further information on our volunteering opportunities.



Shop with Children’s Heartbeat Trust in mind – December sees us all shopping for Christmas Presents.  We’ve teamed up with Stella & Dot and and for every purchase from their online trunk show and website,  a % will be donated to the charity!

There lots of lovely ideas, so be sure to pop over to the following links to check out what’s available!

Stella & Dot Jewellery Online Trunk Show – click here

A Little Website – click here




Jake’s Ladybird Bags for travelling heart families launched at Stormont All Party Group

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

‘Jake’s Ladybird Bags’ in memory of two year old Jake Flaherty, who passed away due to congenital heart disease, designed for families travelling with their children to hospitals in England and Dublin.

 Portadown mum Julie Flaherty, whose two year old son Jake passed away in 2013, was in Parliament Buildings on Monday 23 November at the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease to launch the first ever dedicated support packs for families travelling out of Northern Ireland for heart operations.

‘Jake’s Ladybird Bags’, named in honour of little Jake are the first specialised kits for families travelling to hospitals outside of Northern Ireland for treatment. The bags include a range of useful supplies including toothpaste, socks and toiletries. Julie hopes that the child-friendly design, inspired by Jake and his favourite animal, will give comfort to many families in the years ahead. She said:

“Jake’s Ladybird Bags can provide comfort and support for parents and children as they go through difficult hospital visits away from home. Jake’s spirit was an inspiration to us all and I hope this will continue to let families going through what we went through know someone is thinking of them.”

Speaking at the launch, Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive of Children’s Heartbeat Trust said: “These bags will provide practical support to families from Northern Ireland who have to travel to hospitals in Dublin and in England for treatment for their young children. Thanks to Julie’s generosity, Jake’s memory and inspiration will travel with families today and in future as they take these difficult journeys.”

Sarah was speaking as the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease met at Stormont for its final meeting of 2015. This followed a meeting between the charity and Health Minister Simon Hamilton last week. At the meeting Sarah outlined the extent of the problems with waiting lists, the continued delay in implementing both the all-Island congenital heart disease networkand a Children’s Heart Centre in Belfast.

The meeting was attended by Robin Swann, Cathal O’ hOisin, Joanne Dobson, Maeve McLaughlin and Rosie McSorley

If you are a family with a heart child travelling to England or Dublin or you know of one, contact Children’s Heartbeat Trust by calling 028 9031 2228 or e-mailing to get your Jake’s Ladybird Bag.


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Chair of the APG Robin Swann with Julie Flaherty from Jake’s Ladybird Bags and Sarah Quinlan from the charity

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Chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin congratulated Julie Flaherty on her success with Jake’s Ladybird Bags

Minister of Health Simon Hamilton MLA meets the charity

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Earlier this week Sarah Quinlan and Chair of Children’s Heartbeat Trust Professor Nichola Rooney met the Heath Minister Simon Hamilton MLA. The charity highlighted a range of issues including timelines for a future Children’s Heart Centre in Belfast, the implementation of the All-Island Children’s Cardiac Network and waiting lists.

The Minister undertook to further explore funding for the Centre, to continue work with Southern colleagues to ensure effective and timely implementation of the neMinister Hamiltontwork in coming years as well as ways to reduce the unacceptable waiting lists.

We will continue to represent our heart children and families and bring these important issues to the attention of the Health Minister and other relevant parties in our ongoing aim to improve children’s heart services in Northern Ireland.

Trek Kilimanjaro in 2016!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015






We are thrilled to bring supporters the opportunity of a lifetime to trek Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa and the tallest freestanding Mountain in the world!



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Mount Kilmanjaro – The tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest point in Africia at 19,341ft!


This is an incredible adventure which is happening in September 2016 and we have teamed up with Helping Hand, Charity to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to offer supporters this once in a lifetime adventure and to fundraise for Children’s Heartbeat Trust.


The trek will be run and organised by C2Summit Adventures and will be a 10 day adventure to include the 7day trek up Kilimanjaro!



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The top of the worlds highest freestanding mountain!

To be part of this incredible opportunity, please email for information and pricing!



How your Xmas Gifts can help CHT

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Do you like the idea of being able to do your Christmas Shopping online with 60% of net profits from your purchase coming directly to Children’s Heartbeat Trust?

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Well, now you can thanks to the generous support of a
locally run gift website, A Little Special.

The website stocks thousands of beautiful, unique gift ideas, jewellery, home items, collectables, handbags and accessories. Many of these items can be personalised to make a beautiful gift for someone special.

With Christmas on our doorstep, this is a great way to help our charity whilst doing your festive shopping! 612 FestiveFruitStarArrangement.78901

How does it work?

  • Browse A Little Special website which has  over a 1000 gift ideas. Choose products you wish to purchase and add them to your cart!

  • Once you have finished browsing and wish to purchase your items, please click on “View Shopping Bag” (this is important).

  • Here you will see the total of your order and a box with the header “Special instructions for seller”.

  • Please enter in the Special Instruction Box – Children’s Heartbeat Trust to ensure 60% of net profits will be allocated to the charity (failing to do so will make this an order like any other and CHT will not benefit).

  • Now you can “process to checkout” where you enter your email address, delivery details and payment to complete your order. It is as easy that!                                                                                                                                

  • On delivery of your order SIXTY PERCENT OF THE NET PROFIT MADE ON YOUR ORDER WILL BE ALLOCATED CHILDREN’S HEARTBEAT TRUST. This is made up of 50% of net profit plus Gift Aid.

  • A Little delivers all their products to the UK and Ireland 100% FREE OF CHARGE.


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3 Heart necklace from Award Winning UK jewellery company Gecko


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“Illuminated Snack Bowl” from the design company Philippi











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Personalised Chopping Boar

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Unique personalised Christmas Decoration





Get your Christmas Cards!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


Festive Cards at the ready

We’re delighted to say our Christmas Cards are ready and waiting to be sent out to hundreds of homes this festive season in support of CHT!

Our cards have been designed by two of our fab heart kids and come in packs of ten with two beautiful festive designs in each.

They cost £5 per pack and postage is an additional £2.50.

To order please email: or call  028 9031 2228