Archive for 2017
Ballymena Academy Old Pupils Association – Charity Cycle – 6th May
On the morning there will also be a 20 mile novice cycle. Any children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents.
For further details and to book please contact OPA via their facebook page or firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds in aid of Childrens Heartbeat Trust
To take part please call Call 028 9060 3688
Are you a keen golfer or up for a challenge? Clanmill are holding a charity golf day at Dunmurry Golf Club on Thursday 15th June to raise money for their nominated charity for 2017, Childrens Heartbeat Trust.
Anyone is welcome to sign up and take part, in what is sure to be a fantastic tournament! Bring along your friends and family too, the more players the better. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, so give Clanmil a call or drop them a line to find out more!
2017 will see the development of a much-needed Children’s Heart Centre at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. This centre is a key component of the new all-island Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) network and is required to ensure the provision of high quality CHD services in Northern Ireland within the new North-South partnership. The improved facility will deliver crucial aspects of the ongoing care for children with heart defects, including the provision of segregated specialist outpatient clinics, imaging services, day procedure cases, a research and telemedicine hub, as well as specialist diagnosis and treatment for babies and children.
Children’s Heartbeat Trust have been involved in the development of this project since its conception and have pledged to donate £100,000 to ensure the area is child and family focused, providing a world-class service to heart families across Northern Ireland. The charity has previously delivered a similar project with the Children’s MRI Scanner Unit and has seen the positive impact additions such as sensory equipment, innovative lighting, bright murals and a child centred environment can make to a minimalist, clinical space. Such child-friendly environments are proven to relieve the stress and tension of hospital visits for both the child and their families.
Work is due to commence in April 2017 and the first stage will be to build a separate administration block in the grounds of the RBHSC which will house all the administrative, specialist and consultant offices, as well as the tele-medicine and research hub, which are currently squeezed into the ground floor of Clark Clinic. The second stage will then be an extension to the ground floor of Clark Clinic to accommodate the expansion as per plans below, however there will be no change to the Clark Clinic ward on the first floor.
We imagine there will be some disruption during this building work so keep an eye on our social media and website for all updates.
Parents and guardians of children who have undergone heart surgery may have received a letter from the Belfast Trust concerning the very low risk of an infection called Mycobacterium chimaera. Below is some further information we have collated for heart families.
Information on Mycobacterium Chimaera
What is Mycobacterium chimaera and why have I have been contacted about it?
Mycobacterium chimaera is a rare bacterium. There is a very low risk that it may have contaminated certain heater-cooler devices used to regulate body temperature levels during open heart surgery.
What is the risk?
The overall risk of clinical infection during open heart surgery is deemed to be very low. Worldwide there have only been two cases documented in children. However, heart parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of any potential infection, what to look out for and what they should do. The symptoms can take a long time (possibly several years) to appear and unfortunately there is no test to tell if a patient will develop symptoms in the future.
When you next visit your child’s GP, make sure they know your child has had open heart surgery and that this is included in their medical record.
What to look out for.
The signs or symptoms of endocarditis can be associated with the infection. You should contact your GP should your child have any of the below symptoms;
– Unexplained fevers
– Unexplained weight loss
– Increasing shortness of breath
– Night Sweats
– Joint or muscular pain
– Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
– Abnormal levels of tiredness/ fatigue
– Pain, redness, heat and/or pus around the surgical site
If your doctor thinks it is important to test your child, a blood sample will be taken. Please note that these symptoms can have many different causes and are unlikely to be due to a Mycobacterium chimaera infection. In the event that your child does have a mycobacterial infection, your GP will refer you to an expert centre and a course of treatment agreed.
What actions have been taken?
An international safety notification has been issued to inform medical staff of the existence of this bacterium so they will know to include it in testing if a patient presents with symptoms of endocarditis.
Who to contact if worried.
Contact your GP who has been advised of the appropriate action but if you want to speak to someone from the Belfast Trust, an Advice Line will be operating from
– 10am until 9pm on Tuesday 21 March 2017
– 9am until 6pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017 until Friday 24 March 2017
The number to contact is 028 9063 0500
My child has had open heart surgery, why have I not been contacted about this infection?
If you have not received a letter, the Public Health Agency has deemed that your child is at minimal risk of exposure to this infection.
Children’s Heartbeat Trust would advise that all heart parents are aware of the symptoms of endocarditis and if concerned about your child for any reason, attend your GP as normal.
McCoy joins the starting gate for new Children’s Heart Centre
Children’s Heartbeat Trust are holding an exclusive dinner with World Champion Jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy in Belfast City Hall on 21st April.
The most successful jockey of all time, Sir AP McCoy, will be the special guest at an exclusive dinner in Belfast City Hall on the 21st April to help raise funds for a new Children’s Heart Centre at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The Moneyglass man was Champion Jockey a record 20 times and won some of the world’s most famous races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase and the Grand National. The event will be an intimate evening with Sir AP McCoy, where he will tell the inside stories about his life and career as one of the world’s most successful and dedicated sportsmen of our time.
Organised by local charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, ‘An Evening with Sir AP McCoy’, will raise funds for the new Children’s Heart Centre in Belfast which will be a dedicated centre for the care and treatment of children and young people with congenital heart disease. Over two hundred babies are born with a congenital heart defect each year in Northern Ireland and many will have to face open heart surgery and ongoing treatment for their complex condition. Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a chosen charity of the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Mary Ellen Campbell, and this exclusive dinner is one of the special events being held at City Hall during her year in office.
Speaking at the launch, Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, said: “We are delighted to host an evening with 20 time Champion Jockey Sir AP McCoy at Belfast City Hall with kind permission of the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell. We have all followed AP’s career, and may have even won a few bets with his successes, and are thrilled he’s returning home to share his sporting stories with us.
“The goal of this exclusive evening is to raise vital funds to create a child and family centred environment at the new Children’s Heart Centre which is being built at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The new facility will deliver high quality services for hundreds of heart children in Northern Ireland, matching the world leading care already provided by our doctors and nurses.”
Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a local charity that delivers practical and emotional support to children and young people with heart disease in Northern Ireland their families. The charity has been involved with the development of the Children’s Heart Centre since its conception to ensure that heart children and their families continue to receive the best quality care and treatment possible.
An Evening with Sir AP McCoy takes place in Belfast City Hall on Friday 21st April. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Lynn Cowan on 028 9031 2228 or email@example.com
Children’s Heartbeat Trust have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.
The more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you’re a Co-op Member log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us as your chosen charity. If you’re not a member, please join and support us!
How it works
Every time Co-op members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op Membership card, 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen cause.
Members can change their choice at any time until the end of the giving period on 18th March 2017.
If members don’t pick a cause during the giving period then their 1% is shared out equally between all the local causes in their community.
Any funds raised for Children’s Heartbeat Trust will be distributed to the charity after the end of the giving period.
If you’re not a Co-op Member you can join by signing up via: https://membership.coop.co.uk/register
You will then be able to support our work.