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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The Ortus Group chooses Children’s Heartbeat Trust as Annual Charity Partner

The Ortus Group has announced it has partnered with Children’s Heartbeat Trust in 2016/17 to raise vital funds for the charity.

Ortus run a number of charity and community events throughout the year for different charities but this year has decided to focus on an annual cause within the community.  The company is planning on organising a range of internal and external events to support the annual contribution as well as partaking in Children’s Heartbeat Trust campaigns.

In 2015, Ortus’ 8th Annual Charity Golf Day took place for Children’s Heartbeat Trust raising £7,000 for the charity. The funds were used to:

  • Provide 83 confidential family counselling sessions which are available to all heart families through Carecall.

  • Furnish two brand new respite caravans in Newcastle and Ballycastle so that heart families can get a break from the stresses of daily living with heart disease and the hospital environment.  Fifty-seven families will enjoy staying in them this year.


Lynn Cowan, Fundraiser for Children’s Heartbeat Trust commented:

“The support from Ortus has been hugely beneficial to date and we are delighted to have been named as the first annual charity partner with the company.

The funds allowed us to continue providing our support services to the many children and young people in Northern Ireland living with heart disease.  As well as raising money, Ortus have also helped us to raise awareness of heart disease in children and our work in local communities across Northern Ireland.  We look forward to working with them and developing our services with their support.”



Following this event, and seeing the impact the funds have had on so many Northern Irish Families Ortus CEO, Seamus O’Prey, is pleased to partner with the charity:


“As a social enterprise, Ortus are focussed on regeneration of the local area, providing mentoring and training to businesses at any stage of their cycle and supporting those within our community. Therefore, raising funds for other charities and community groups and giving back is central to our social ethos.


After the impact our support in 2015 had upon Children’s Heartbeat Trust we are delighted to name them as our first Annual Charity, supporting their work through a number of different events throughout the year.”


For more information on Ortus please contact Sheila Harper. Email: or Tel: 02890 311 002.

 Ortus charity partner


Paediatric First Aid Training – Saturday 21st May

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

We are delighted to be offering another paediatric first aid training course in association with REC First Aid Trainers N.I.

This course is FREE and available to any heart parents in Northern Ireland whose child has heart disease. The course runs for one full day and will include training on the use of a defibrillator.

Saturday 21st May – 9am to 5pm

Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road, Banbridge

Tea breaks and lunch will be provided to all participants on the day.

Booking is essential so if you are interested please get in touch with Lynn via email or call 028 9031 2228 / 074 8337 4910.

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Mum’s Pamper Day – Sunday 8th May

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Calling all Heart Mums!

Come along and join us for an afternoon of indulgence with the most amazing views over Belfast from the Penthouse Suite!


Relax, enjoy afternoon tea, scones, massages and nail bar! A lovely pamper day for our heart mums!

Booking is essential so if you would like to go please contact Alison on or call 028 9031 2228.


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Teen’s transition information event – Cafe Renoir

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

A massive thank you to all who attended our first teens information event in partnership with the Belfast Trust. This event was a great success and a wonderful opportunity for teens and parents to hear first hand how transition from the children’s to the adult’s service works and the perfect time to ask live questions to the team. If you would have liked to attend the event but were unable to, we made some notes!! If you would like a copy, please email us at


In attendance was our new family support worker. He is affectionately known as the ‘New Cathy’ but his real name is Ross.


The Clinical Team From left to Right; Dr Chris Lockhart – Congenital Cardiologist Jan Gordon – Adult congenital heart disease clinical specialist Catherine Faulkner – Paediatric congenital heart disease clinical nurse specialist and Dr Brian Crossan – Paediatric congenital cardiologist They all described how they wish for the transition service to be smooth and seemless. Dr Chris assured families that as a team, they meet regularly for information sharing.


Our guest speaker Nadine McGaffin sharing her life experiences with moving from Childrens to Adult services as well as how she navigated through schoold, University and work.



Break Out session: Discussing new App for Teens



Some of our Teens enjoying getting together at the event.


Be A Racing Heart!

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May will see over 17,000 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 be a racing heart for CHT, please register your place with the marathon office and then email to get your t-shirt/vest and fundraising pack!

If running’s not your thing we are also on the lookout for people 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 appreciated.

Dont forget to join our facebook page event to keep up to date with the event:



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Fab Friday 11.3.16

Friday, March 11th, 2016

It’s been another busy week here at CHT HQ. Thanks again to everyone for their fantastic support to date in 2016. You have all been awesome and we can’t thank you enough! Here’s just a selection of some of the fab fundraising which has been happening lately.


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Ballyclare Youth Group Ballyclare Youth Group held a Valentine’s Disco as part of Heart Week and raised £130 for the charity. Pictured is the Youth Group having lots of fun during their fundraising night.

Clounagh Junior High

Year 8 pupils from Clounagh Junior High in Portadown are seen pictured presenting Heart Mum, Christine Herron with a cheque for £2,727.10. A sponsored silence was organised by Christine’s niece, Amy-Lee Henderson in memory of Christine’s son Bailey.

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Denise Mc Entee is pictured with her colleagues from Bunzl-McLaughlin Catering Supplies with a charity cheque for £1,050. The funds were raised through the management and staff taking part in the charities Rock Red Campaign and from Denise’s family and friends who donated in lieu of gifts as part of her 50th Birthday Celebrations at The Old Coach in Castleblaney. So much was raised on the night and Denise would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

Memory Team Armagh

The Memory Team at Mullinure Hospital in Armagh are pictured presenting £261.05 for the charity. The funds were raised from a coffee morning held for staff member Judith Kyle-Gallagher who has a close connection to the charity and in memory of her son Cody.

Rathfriland Quiz

Lynn is pictured receiving a cheque from Joseph Cunningham, Conor Fitzpatrick, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Kerry Cunningham and Genna Fitzpatrick. The money was raised from a quiz which Joseph organised at the Depot Bar in Rathfriland for his niece Genna who was supported by the charity when she was a baby.

Wright Family

The Wright Family are pictured presenting Lynn with a cheque for £1,000. The money was raised from Portadown Cycling Club (£600) and the family Business Décor-Wright Paints Ltd (£400) when they held a raffle. Pictured is Andrew, Annabeth, Zara, Jennifer and Noah with Lynn from Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

The Surgery Comber

Pictured are staff from The Surgery, Comber who assisted with selling Rosemary McNally’s handmade Christmas Trees over Christmas. £700 was raised for the charity and the staff are pictured presenting the cheque. L-R: Marlene Leslie, Louise Carson, Helena Drysdale, Rosemary McNally, Rosemary Johnston and Laura Kilpatrick.

Fab Friday 4.3.16

Friday, March 4th, 2016

It’s March and our fundraisers have been busy bees over the past few weeks. We are indebted to each and every one of you for raising vital funds and awareness of our work. Don’t forget if you’re planning a fundraising event, please get in touch with our fundraiser Lynn.


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Jill Hawthorne and baby Josh are pictured presenting £200 to Lynn from CHT. Also pictured is Dylan Bruce and Jamie Bloomer along with Chloe and Ellie-Mae Bruce. The money was raised from a memorial darts competition held in memory of Brian Bruce.

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Maxine Brookes, Paul Crooks, Sam Eakin and Francine Hillemand from the Education Authority NI are pictured with their fundraising cheque totalling £3,135.00 for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from a series of fundraising events held throughout the year including Run Armagh, Tour of Orchard Cycle and a Christmas Raffle

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Pictured are members from the High Flyers Gymnastic Club in West Belfast who held a #RockRedFriday event to help raise awareness and funds for the charity. In total they raised £200!

KC Performance

KC Performance in Portadown recently held a show in aid of the charity. Pictured are members of the performance school happily presenting £100 to Lynn from the charity.

SRC Dungannon

Students and staff from South West College in Dungannon are pictured presenting Lynn from CHT with a cheque for £502.00. The Level 3 Business class, and as part of their Business Project Management module set up and ran their own small enterprise with 10% of their profits going to Children’s Heartbeat Trust. They also ran a craft fair at the Dungannon Campus with proceeds going to the charity.

St Malachy's PS Ballymoyer

St Malachy’s Primary School in Ballymoyer cheer their recent fundraising for the charity. The school took part in our Art Competition and held a Rock Red Event which raised £250

Thornfield House School & Outreach Services

Pupils from Thornfield House School and Outreach Centre are pictured presenting £200 for the charity. The School Council choose the charity to support and held a non-uniform day to raise funds.

West Down Wheelers

Clive Adamson from West Down Wheelers is pictured donating £300 to Dany Blondeel for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from proceeds of the Tour of Down Charity Cycle.

Transition information event for heart teens and families

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

On Saturday 12 March we are organising a Transition Information Event about moving from the children’s cardiac service to the adult cardiac services. This is a great opportunity for our heart teens, parents and carers to meet the clinical transition team and hear from a variety of dr’s, nurses and speakers talking all things transition!

We know that change can be daunting, particularly when it is something this important so we hope that after this event you feel much more informed and have a better idea of what to expect as you move towards adult services in Belfast. It’s also a brilliant chance to get to meet new teens and families AND there will be pizza : )


The event will take place from 2pm – 4.30pm in Cafe Renoir (upstairs) on Botanic Avenue, Belfast on Sat 12 March.

Places are limited and filling up fast so if you would like to come along please PM us or email

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Fab Friday 19.2.16

Friday, February 19th, 2016

It’s Friday which means it’s time for a Fab Fundraising Friday. Thank you again to everyone who has supported us through recent fundraising events. We are soo grateful for your wonderful support. Check out just a snippet of the things which have been happening in aid of the charity.

If your fundraising don’t forget to inform us by emailing




Black Box

Sarah Jones, Director of The Black Box is pictured presenting a cheque for £3,350 to Lynn Cowan. The money was raised from The Black Box Christmas Party organised by Strange Victory and Dragon Records.

Campbell College

Campbell College in Belfast held their annual Christmas Contential Market at the school in aid of the charity and raised an amazing £3000. Patrick Stewart and Samuel McCarthy are pictured presenting the money to Lynn and Lucy Allen

Courtney McLaughlin

Courtney McLaughlin held a Valentine’s Disco in aid of the charity and raised £201 from the event! Her little Goddaughter Rosie receives support from the charity.

Kilmood GB

Childrens Heartbeat Trust Published by Lynn Cowan Page Liked · February 19 · Kilmood GB held a Coffee & Craft evening recently and raised £1500 which was divided between Children’s Heartbeat Trust and NI Children’s Hospice. The girls are pictured presenting the cheque to the Martin Family who is supported by the charity and whose eldest daughter Laurie attends the GB.

Quality For All Event

Quality for All were delighted to present lots of charities with cheques recently and pictured amongst the many benefiting charities is Sarah and Lucy receiving a generous £6,000 from Quality For All.

Sixteen South

Staff members at Sixteen South are pictured presenting a cheque for £350 which was raised from a recent fancy dress day at work.

St Mary's Primary School Derrymore

Pictured is Mary Gowdy receiving a £100 donation cheque from St Mary’s Primary School, Derrymore.

Watt Fun Community Group

Jemima Small from Watt Fun Community Playgroup is pictured presenting a cheque to Jo and Sasha Hargan. The Playgroup which Sasha attends held an event as part of Heart Week and raised £105.80.


Love At Valentine’s Ball

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016



There was love in the air at the Children’s Heartbeat Trust Valentine’s Ball held at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast on Saturday 13th February.  Organised by the charities Belfast Family Support Group the event was a huge success of glitz and glamour, raising vital awareness and funds for the charity.

Over 240 people packed into the Hotel for a three course evening meal, followed by a raffle, auction and live music from Mother’s Little Helpers.

Our sincere thanks must be extended to everyone who attended the evening, donated, and all businesses who provided raffle and auction prizes for the evening.  Your generosity bares no bounds and we are extremely grateful for your contribution.  

To date over £13,500 has been raised from the event which will go towards supporting local families here who’s children are living with a heart defect. What an amazing amount! 

Take a glimpse at some of our photos from the evening!  More can be found on our facebook page by clicking HERE


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Denise Jess, Dawn Dunwoody and Jean Hill

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Aidan Kearney, Peter Kennedy & Michael Fitzpatrick


Alison Crawford and Brendan Scott

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Eddie Pearl and Dennis Hill


Judith Cowan, Alison Wolseley, Jenny Black & Judy Stewart


The Quinlan Family & Friends

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Mary McCaffrey, Ignatius Maguire, Sarah Maguire, Grainne Curran


The Room all set up for the Ball