Archive for 2017

Hearty Tea Party!

Thursday, September 7th, 2017


Tip your teapot with a ‘Hearty Tea Party’


If you love cups of tea and sweet treats, then the Children’s Heartbeat Trust’s Hearty Tea Party is the perfect way to raise funds for a great cause this Autumn.

The children’s charity is asking members of the public to organise a wonderful Hearty Tea Party in workplaces, community centres, sports clubs or even in your own home on World Heart Day, Friday 29th September.

A ‘Hearty Tea Party’ can be big or small, offering an array of tantalising treats and scrumptious scones or just a good old fashioned mug of tea. As well as raising awareness of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), the most common birth defect among children born in Northern Ireland, it will raise funds to support the work of Children’s Heartbeat Trust’s supporting local children and young people born with CHD and their families.

Launching the 2017 ‘Hearty Tea Party’, Lynn Cowan, Fundraiser at the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, said: “On World Heart Day we want to raise awareness of the impact congenital heart disease has on children and their families in Northern Ireland. Around 200 babies are born with CHD each year in N.I; many of which will undergo open heart surgery and need lifelong treatment, care and support.

Holding a ‘Hearty Tea Party’ in your office, community centre or wherever you can plug in your kettle, will help to raise vital funds to support our work. We all love to relax with a cup of tea and cake, so why not raise some money for a worthy cause at the same time? Your Hearty Tea Party doesn’t have to be held on World Heart Day, it can be great fun at any time and all support no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated.”

Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a local charity supporting children and young people with heart disease and their families. The charity works closely with Clark Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to ensure that children with heart disease and their families receive the best care, treatment and support possible.



To sign up to host a Hearty Tea Party and get your fundraising pack please contact Lynn on 028 90312228 or email


Laurie and Hannah Martin help launch Children’s Heartbeat Trust’s Hearty Tea Party to mark World Heart Day on Friday 29th September.


NI Hereford Breeders BBQ – 9th Sept

Thursday, August 31st, 2017







The NIHBA will be holding its annual Field Evening, BBQ and Presentation of the Herds Competition Awards on Saturday 9th September 2017 on the farm Of Mr John Gill (President) 57 Saintfield Road, Killinchy, Co. Down BT23 6RL (Tel 07968754976).

The event will commence at 4pm and all Hereford Breeders, friends and family are most welcome to attend.

Tickets are priced at £15 for Steak BBQ or £5(burger option) with all proceeds going to Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

If you are planning to attend the event could you please make contact with either Ivan Haire (secretary) on 07887675649 or John Gill on 07968754976 before 2nd September to enable satisfactory catering arrangements.

All tickets booked will have to be paid for.

Killylea Tractor Run – Sat 28th Oct

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Killylea Tractor run will take place on Saturday 28th October 2017 in Killylea Church Hall grounds, £10 per tractor. All in aid of NI Children’s Hospice, Children’s Heartbeat Trust (in memory of John Joe Toner ❤) & the NI Air Ambulance.

Entertainment will be provided by Ritchie Remo. There will be an auction & raffle on the day. Kick off at Midday, tractors to leave around 2.30pm.

For details email


Jakes Memorial Coffee Morning – 16th Sept

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

As part of ‘Portadown Country Comes To Town’, Jake’s coffee morning is another popular event in memory of little Jake Flaherty.  Everyone is welcome to attend and support this great event.

Teens Info and Idea Day!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Calling all 12 – 16 year olds!!!

Join us at The Jungle NI on Sat 7th Oct from 2pm – 6pm to get involved in some games and activities, munch on pizza and thrash out some great ideas for the upcoming year!  Get in touch with our new Youth and Family Support Worker Debz on 07483130853 or to book your place!

Summer Blast 2017

Monday, August 28th, 2017

What a weekend! We climbed, drove, challenged and laughed our way through Summer Blast 2017!



Todds Leap in Omagh played host to our Summer Blast overnight residential this year and it’s true what they say, time really does fly when you are having fun!

Thank you to all our fantastic heart teens that came along and took part in lots of different challenges and activities…. turns out we are a very competitive bunch!

A special word of thanks to our specialist nurses and volunteers that supported us throughout the weekend, without whom we simply couldn’t do it.

Check out what our teens have to say and keep your eye on our page for upcoming meet ups. Summer 2017…’s been a blast!


“It’s brilliant, you get to meet people that have other heart problems, get to be more open and can talk about it without being judged. You get so much support from all the nurses.”

Teen, 14, Belfast


“It’s fun and a great opportunity for me to meet people with heart disease.”

Teen, 12, Antrim


“It’s not that we have to talk about everything, we just get to have fun. It kinda shows you what you can do rather than what you can’t.”

Teen, 14, Omagh


Thank you to the team at Downtown Radio and Cool FM Cash 4 Kids for supporting Summer Blast 2017 with a Cash 4 Kids grant.

Scoldys Fundraising Event 1st Sept

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Golf Invitational – 26th August

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Back by popular demand this event is always a great day and evening out.  Spots are already sold for tee times but there is still availability to come along to the evening event. See poster below.

To come along please contact Holywood Golf Club as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.




Tuesday, August 15th, 2017


Registration is now open for the second annual conference of the all-island Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Network, which will be held this year at Riddel Hall, QUB Belfast on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November 2017.

This is a free 2 day conference and families are welcome to attend both days, although the Saturday 18th programme will be focused on heart families and patients, with a creche and teens workshop available. The creche and teens workshop have limited availability so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For registration and further information click here –….

The full conference programme will be announced in early September. Key themes will be ‘Inherited Cardiac Conditions’ and ‘The Child with Complex CHD’.


Grace’s Coffee Morning – Sat 23rd Sept

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Grace’s popular coffee morning will take place again in Banbridge on Saturday 23rd September.  Everyone Welcome.  Event details on poster.