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Be a racing heart!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018


Bank Holiday Monday will see  thousands of people hitting the streets of Belfast as they take part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. We are on the lookout for heart heroes to take part in aid of Children’s Heartbeat Trust by signing up for the walk, fun run, relay or full marathon. 

To take part, please register your place with the Belfast marathon office via then email to get your running vest and fundraising pack!

If running’s not your thing we are also on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to cheer our heart heroes along the way at our designated cheering stations.  If you or your friends and family are free to help please get in touch on 028 9031 2228 or email

Any support you can offer is greatly apprecaited.

Join us for ROCK RED FRIDAY!

Friday, January 12th, 2018



This February is the return of our ROCK RED FRIDAY event where we encourage everyone to get involved by wearing red and helping to raise awareness and funds for our work with local heart children.

We’re calling all schools, youth clubs, organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved. Simply wear red, raise awareness and donate £1 to Childrens Heartbeat Trust.

Please feel free to post us your rock red images to facebook and twitter using the hashtag #RockRedFriday


For a fundraising pack, please email or call 028 9031 2228.


Auctions set to generate cash cows

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Two livestock auctions hope to hit the hammer price of £50,000 to help purchase a new portable echocardiogram machine for the new Children’s Heart Centre currently being developed at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Markethill Livestock Market and Ballymena Livestock Mart in association with Gleno Young Farmers will each hold a Christmas Show and Sale of beef cattle, prime lambs and an auction of donated items to raise funds for the charity.

Shaun Irvine from Ballymena Livestock Market, Little Grace Powell with her dad Richard, Lynn from Children’s Heartbeat Trust and Hampton Hewitt from Markethill Livestock Market.


This ambitious target will help leading children’s charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust in their work supporting local children and young people living with heart disease in Northern Ireland. The charity has been involved in the development of the Children’s Heart Centre since it’s conception and will provide financial support to kit out and create a world class, child and family-centred environment within the new centre.  In addition to this, the charity also aims to fund a new echocardiogram machine costing in the region of £50,000 with the help of the local farming community.  The funding of this new piece of equipment is crucial in ensuring that heart children are receiving the best quality treatment possible in a purpose built centre.


Farmers from across Northern Ireland are set to flock to the Markethill Auction on Thursday 23rd November at 7pm, and Ballymena Auction on Thursday 30th November at 6.30pm.


The fundraising idea came from Richard Powell, from Keady, whose daughter, Grace, has Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Grace, who is now 8, was diagnosed during a neonatal scan and underwent surgical procedures at three and six months of age, before undergoing major heart surgery at the age of 5.



Richard’s family business, WK Powell & Son along with continued support from many customers, has helped raise funds for Children’s Heartbeat Trust over the past six years with the sale of various cattle. But this year he wanted to do even more, and has teamed up with local Livestock Markets to hold two charity auctions.  Richard has already pledged the first auction prize, on behalf of all who have supported his family business in Keady by generously donating a Charolais heifer for each of the auctions.


Speaking at the launch Richard said:

“The Children’s Heartbeat Trust has given our family so much support and help since Grace was born, and throughout her surgeries and treatment. We’ve helped raise funds each year through the sale of various cattle but on hearing about the development of the new Children’s Heart Centre, we wanted to do that bit more.  I approached Hampton at Markethill Mart with the idea of holding an auction to raise additional funds for the charity. Hampton came back with the suggestion of teaming with Shaun from Ballymena Mart to raise the target of £50,000.

I would sincerely like to thank Hampton for his full input and backing; and to Shaun for teaming up with us to raise the fund needs for this vital piece of equipment.  Adrian Cassidy, a friend has also got behind our fundraising by running the Dublin Marathon to raise funds towards our target. I’m grateful for the generous support received to date and with everyone’s input I have no doubt our target can be achieved.”


The Powell Family helping to launch the event


Lynn Cowan, Children’s Heartbeat Trust Fundraiser, said:

“The new Children’s Heart Centre will be a dedicated centre for children with CHD right across Northern Ireland, and will help ensure that they receive the best possible care. We are indebted to Richard along with both Ballymena and Markethill livestock markets and Gleno Young Farmers for their incredible support in funding the new echocardiogram machine – an absolutely vital piece of equipment for all cardiac children. Richard and his family have been so incredibly supportive of the charity’s work, and we are deeply grateful to the markets for joining with Richard to facilitate the auctions, and everyone who has donated auction items.”


An online donation page has been set up for anyone wishing to support this event. Please visit:


Further information and updates on the Christmas Show, Sale and Auctions can be found on both Ballymena Livestock Market facebook page and Markethill Livestock Facebook page. 

WIN Tickets to see Queen & Adam Lambert!

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Children’s Heartbeat Trust is delighted to have received 4 Executive Box Tickets to see the iconic Queen and Adam Lambert at the SSE Arena. Could you be a winner?


Generously donated by Hireco NI you could win this amazing prize (worth over £800) just by donating £10 in support of our services.

Simply text the word QUEEN to 84902 which will entry you into the competition and automatically make a £10 voluntary donation to the charity.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before entering the competition:

  • Supporters are charged their standard network rate per text sent (check with your network provider for exact amounts)

  • Supporters voluntary donation of (£10) will also be taken from their phone credit or phone bill.

  • Children’s Heartbeat Trust receives 100% of your donation

  • You must be 18 years old or over to send a text donation to enter this competition.

  • You must obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message.

  • You can only donate from a UK mobile phone number.

  • If you are outside the UK but still sing your UK registered mobile phone number you may incur additional charges to send a donation text.

  • You can entry the competition up to 3 times. If you entry above this you will receive a text to say you have reached your limit and you may still incur your standard network charge  for the text.

  • Children’s Heartbeat Trust does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone, telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any text being lost, delayed or not properly received.

  • The competition closes on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 5pm.

  • Texts received after this date and time will not be counted but may still be charged.

  • The winner will be generated at random and contacted on Friday 17th November 2017.

  • SMS service provided by instaGiv. instagiv is a trading name of Txt2give Limited, registered under Company No.NI073911

  • Your data will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

  • Please note we will not pass your mobile phone numbers on to any third parties.

  • Helpline number: 028 9031 2228 or email





Dates for Your Diary!

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Upcoming events and activities!

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!

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.



Windsor Bakery Fundraising Night – 1st June

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Windsor Bakery are holding a fundraising night in aid of the Young Hearts Tour 2017 taking place in the Summer.  The event will raise funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Heart Children Ireland and a specialised Trike for Grace McKee.

The Windsor Bakery will be offering sample of their bakery and savory items and much more during their fundraising night. All welcome.



Clanmil Golf Day – 15th June

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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 information.




Oran’s Golf Classic – 16th June

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Oran’s Golf Classic will take place in June organised by Oran’s mum, dad, family and friends in memory of Oran who sadly passed away in 2014 aged 6.

The Golf Classic has grown in popularity each year and the charity and Oran’s family are extremely grateful for everyone’s support.

To take part in the golf day, please contact Barry on the contact numbers below.