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Charity Golf Scramble; Sat 2nd August; Colin Valley GC

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Supporting Clark Clinic with sensory resources for heart patients

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Play Specialist, Gillian Lewis with sensory equipment purchased by the charity

Play Specialist, Gillian Lewis with sensory equipment purchased by the charity

We are delighted to be supporting Clark Clinic with the purchase of sensory toys and equipment for the ward.  Sensory resources can engage, stimulate and soothe sick children at what can be a stressful and anxious time.  We are looking forward to seeing them in use!

June Enewsletter

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


We are looking for an enthusiastic & committed Family Support Worker

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

We have listened to your feedback about our heart families needing more support and services in place to help you through the different issues and problems that arise from having a baby, child or young adult affected by heart disease.  We want to do more to help our heart families, so we are now looking to bring on board a Family Support Worker to help us develop and deliver stronger support services for you…

ROLE: Family Support Worker

LOCATION: Based in Belfast, covering Northern Ireland.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 18 June 2014

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Permanent Full Time


Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a Northern Ireland charity that provides emotional and practical support to the families of children and young people with heart disease.

 We wish to appoint the following post

Family Support Worker

To develop strong support services for local families affected by heart disease in children and young people.

 HOURS: 37.5 per week

Essential Criteria includes 

-       Third level qualification in relevant subject

-       At least 2 years recent experience of working with families in a support service setting

-       Hold a valid driver’s licence and have access to a car.

 For an application pack please email

Children’s Heartbeat Trust reserve the right to interview only those candidates who appear from the information provided to be the most suitable for the job.

We are an equal opportunities employer



Iconic local statues Wear their Hearts on their Sleeve!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

In a unique way to raise awareness of heart disease in children and young people – the most common birth defect among children born in Northern Ireland – statues across the province were brought to life on Friday 23 May as part of our ‘Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Day’ with specially designed woollen hearts worn on their sleeves.

The hearts appeared on the statues of literature and sporting legends CS Lewis (East Belfast), Joey & Robert Dunlop (Ballymoney), medical pioneer and inventor of the modern defibrillator Professor Frank Pantridge (Lisburn) along with golfer Nick Faldo (Enniskillen).

Two of Northern Ireland’s most famous peace statues – The Reconciliation Statue at Stormont and Hands Across the Divide in Derry – also wore the hearts as did the Newry Navvy, the Monument to the Unknown Woman on Belfast’s Great Victoria Street, the Flax Spinner in Sion Mills and the Gleaner, also at Parliament Buildings.

The statues wore hearts on their sleeves, designed and hand crafted especially for the campaign by artist Nora Borealis  A big thank you to Nora for the time and effort put into making these amazing hearts!

We would also like to thank the local councils, businesses and public bodies for supporting this campaign to highlight the importance of heart disease in children and young people, including Ballymoney Council, Newry Council, Lisburn City Council, the Department for Social Development, the Department for Finance & Personnel, Lough Erne Resort and Glenbank Estates.”




First Minister Peter Robinson awards our Artbeat winners!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

First Minister Peter Robinson with the winners of our Artbeat Competition and Sarah Quinlan from the charity.

First Minister Peter Robinson visited our Artbeat Exhibition to present the winners of the Artbeat Competition with their prizes.

Hundreds of children from across Northern Ireland designed and made hearts to be included in our unique exhibition. Their entries were all on display as part of ‘Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Day’ which took place on Friday 23 May.

Speaking at the prize giving Mr Robinson said, ‘I would like to congratulate all the children who created these bright and beautiful hearts, particularly the five winners.  There is certainly no shortage of creativity in the classrooms right across Northern Ireland and there could be a Picasso or Van Gogh in the making.’

Congratulations to our five winners – Ruby McKenna, Clara Hughes, Jonathan Dawson, Niamh Burns and Hannah Dallas!

Lord Mayor of Belfast officially opens our Artbeat Exhibition!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Exhibition showing hundreds of children’s ‘heartwork’ in run-up to Friday’s Wear Your Heart on your Sleeve Day.


Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir joined Children’s Heartbeat Trust families to open a unique children’s art exhibition at the PS² art gallery in the run up to their annual Wear your Heart on your Sleeve Day on Friday 23 May.

As part of Children’s Heartbeat Trust’s Artbeat Competition which aimed to raise awareness of congenital heart disease, hundreds of children from across Northern Ireland designed and made their own hearts to be included in this unique exhibition. The hearts were completed by children of primary school age from towns, cities and rural areas across every county.

Speaking before the opening, Sarah Quinlan, Executive Officer of Children’s Heartbeat Trust said: “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received from our competition and are so pleased that we can now use everyone’s efforts as part of our fantastic art exhibition. We hope that the exhibition will raise awareness of the disease which affects over 250 babies in Northern Ireland every year and we invite everyone to come along and see our beautiful works of art.”

The art exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday to Friday 23 May from 12pm to 4pm and Saturday 24 May from 11am to 4pm. A special presentation will be made on Friday to the winners of the art competition.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast officially opens the Artbeat Exhibition with little heart babies Ross Maxwell and Hannah Knocker looking on, joined by their mums Maria and Kylie.

Artbeat Exhibition – Paragon Studio’s, Donegall Street, Belfast

Friday, May 16th, 2014

DRUMROLL……………………..After a lot of deliberation, the nurse on Clark Clinic have picked 5 winners of our Chidren’s Artbeat Competition! They are;
Ruby McKenna (9), Jonathan Dawson (7), Niamh Burns (8), Hannah (6) & Clara Hughes (6). Congratulations guys! You can see their winning entries below.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, we had thousands of wonderfully designed hearts. We were so impressed that we have created an entire art heart exhibition which will be shown in a Belfast Art Studio next week!

The studio is called Paragon Studio on Donegall Street in Belfast and the exhibition will be open from Tuesday – Friday 12 -4pm and Saturday 11- 4pm. The exhibition will also help us raise awareness of heart disease in children and young people so if you can, pop in, see the fab heart art and say hello!

Charity Fire Walk; 26 June; Holywood Rugby Club

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Summer 2014 Family Fun Days Out!

Monday, May 12th, 2014