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Help us this #GivingTuesday

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

GTNI-logo1 (2) (1)#GivingTuesday (1st December in 2015) is recognised as a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and the online shopping boom on Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give!


Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the good word of a charity, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.


Children’s Heartbeat Trust is excited to be part of this year’s campaign and  we want you to help us raise awareness of what we do via the following methods:


#SeasonalSelfie – Show us some love on #GivingTuesday by tweeting and posting your seasonal selfie and texting HEARTS to 70660 to donate £5 to the charity.  Please include #SeasonalSelfie & #GivingTuesdayNI in your post.

If you wish you can tag other people in your post who you would like to nominate to continue the #SeasonalSelfie for CHT!

Dont forget to post it on Tuesday 1st December (#GivingTuesday) for us to share!  It can be anything that relates to Christmas.  From a christmas jumper selfie, to eating a mince pies – let your imagination run wild! It’s all a bit of festive fun to help raise awareness for what we do.

The Gift of Time – #GivingTuesday is also an opportunity for you to give your time to a charity through volunteering.  We have a number of volunteering opportunities coming up to Christmas.  If you would like to donate your time to CHT, then please get in touch for further information on our volunteering opportunities.



Shop with Children’s Heartbeat Trust in mind – December sees us all shopping for Christmas Presents.  We’ve teamed up with Stella & Dot and and for every purchase from their online trunk show and website,  a % will be donated to the charity!

There lots of lovely ideas, so be sure to pop over to the following links to check out what’s available!

Stella & Dot Jewellery Online Trunk Show – click here

A Little Website – click here




Jake’s Ladybird Bags for travelling heart families launched at Stormont All Party Group

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

‘Jake’s Ladybird Bags’ in memory of two year old Jake Flaherty, who passed away due to congenital heart disease, designed for families travelling with their children to hospitals in England and Dublin.

 Portadown mum Julie Flaherty, whose two year old son Jake passed away in 2013, was in Parliament Buildings on Monday 23 November at the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease to launch the first ever dedicated support packs for families travelling out of Northern Ireland for heart operations.

‘Jake’s Ladybird Bags’, named in honour of little Jake are the first specialised kits for families travelling to hospitals outside of Northern Ireland for treatment. The bags include a range of useful supplies including toothpaste, socks and toiletries. Julie hopes that the child-friendly design, inspired by Jake and his favourite animal, will give comfort to many families in the years ahead. She said:

“Jake’s Ladybird Bags can provide comfort and support for parents and children as they go through difficult hospital visits away from home. Jake’s spirit was an inspiration to us all and I hope this will continue to let families going through what we went through know someone is thinking of them.”

Speaking at the launch, Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive of Children’s Heartbeat Trust said: “These bags will provide practical support to families from Northern Ireland who have to travel to hospitals in Dublin and in England for treatment for their young children. Thanks to Julie’s generosity, Jake’s memory and inspiration will travel with families today and in future as they take these difficult journeys.”

Sarah was speaking as the All Party Group on Congenital Heart Disease met at Stormont for its final meeting of 2015. This followed a meeting between the charity and Health Minister Simon Hamilton last week. At the meeting Sarah outlined the extent of the problems with waiting lists, the continued delay in implementing both the all-Island congenital heart disease networkand a Children’s Heart Centre in Belfast.

The meeting was attended by Robin Swann, Cathal O’ hOisin, Joanne Dobson, Maeve McLaughlin and Rosie McSorley

If you are a family with a heart child travelling to England or Dublin or you know of one, contact Children’s Heartbeat Trust by calling 028 9031 2228 or e-mailing to get your Jake’s Ladybird Bag.


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Chair of the APG Robin Swann with Julie Flaherty from Jake’s Ladybird Bags and Sarah Quinlan from the charity

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Chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin congratulated Julie Flaherty on her success with Jake’s Ladybird Bags

Minister of Health Simon Hamilton MLA meets the charity

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Earlier this week Sarah Quinlan and Chair of Children’s Heartbeat Trust Professor Nichola Rooney met the Heath Minister Simon Hamilton MLA. The charity highlighted a range of issues including timelines for a future Children’s Heart Centre in Belfast, the implementation of the All-Island Children’s Cardiac Network and waiting lists.

The Minister undertook to further explore funding for the Centre, to continue work with Southern colleagues to ensure effective and timely implementation of the neMinister Hamiltontwork in coming years as well as ways to reduce the unacceptable waiting lists.

We will continue to represent our heart children and families and bring these important issues to the attention of the Health Minister and other relevant parties in our ongoing aim to improve children’s heart services in Northern Ireland.

Trek Kilimanjaro in 2016!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015






We are thrilled to bring supporters the opportunity of a lifetime to trek Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa and the tallest freestanding Mountain in the world!



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Mount Kilmanjaro – The tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest point in Africia at 19,341ft!


This is an incredible adventure which is happening in September 2016 and we have teamed up with Helping Hand, Charity to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to offer supporters this once in a lifetime adventure and to fundraise for Children’s Heartbeat Trust.


The trek will be run and organised by C2Summit Adventures and will be a 10 day adventure to include the 7day trek up Kilimanjaro!



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The top of the worlds highest freestanding mountain!

To be part of this incredible opportunity, please email for information and pricing!



How your Xmas Gifts can help CHT

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Do you like the idea of being able to do your Christmas Shopping online with 60% of net profits from your purchase coming directly to Children’s Heartbeat Trust?

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Well, now you can thanks to the generous support of a
locally run gift website, A Little Special.

The website stocks thousands of beautiful, unique gift ideas, jewellery, home items, collectables, handbags and accessories. Many of these items can be personalised to make a beautiful gift for someone special.

With Christmas on our doorstep, this is a great way to help our charity whilst doing your festive shopping! 612 FestiveFruitStarArrangement.78901

How does it work?

  • Browse A Little Special website which has  over a 1000 gift ideas. Choose products you wish to purchase and add them to your cart!

  • Once you have finished browsing and wish to purchase your items, please click on “View Shopping Bag” (this is important).

  • Here you will see the total of your order and a box with the header “Special instructions for seller”.

  • Please enter in the Special Instruction Box – Children’s Heartbeat Trust to ensure 60% of net profits will be allocated to the charity (failing to do so will make this an order like any other and CHT will not benefit).

  • Now you can “process to checkout” where you enter your email address, delivery details and payment to complete your order. It is as easy that!                                                                                                                                

  • On delivery of your order SIXTY PERCENT OF THE NET PROFIT MADE ON YOUR ORDER WILL BE ALLOCATED CHILDREN’S HEARTBEAT TRUST. This is made up of 50% of net profit plus Gift Aid.

  • A Little delivers all their products to the UK and Ireland 100% FREE OF CHARGE.


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3 Heart necklace from Award Winning UK jewellery company Gecko


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Get your Christmas Cards!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


Festive Cards at the ready

We’re delighted to say our Christmas Cards are ready and waiting to be sent out to hundreds of homes this festive season in support of CHT!

Our cards have been designed by two of our fab heart kids and come in packs of ten with two beautiful festive designs in each.

They cost £5 per pack and postage is an additional £2.50.

To order please email: or call  028 9031 2228




Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Packaging giant, Huhtamaki partners with Bryson Recycling and local councils for ‘Recycling Rewards’ campaign


Lurgan-based global packaging giant Huhtamaki has joined forces with Bryson Recycling and five local councils for a brand new recycling scheme which aims to significantly boost local recycling rates while raising much-needed funds for charity.

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Press Eye – Belfast – 5th November 2015 –
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.


The ‘Recycling Rewards’ initiative is encouraging households to recycle more paper through Bryson’s kerbside box service. Huhtamaki Lurgan, which is the main supplier to the UK and Ireland retailers and to McDonald’s, reprocesses the ‘waste’ paper into valued molded fibre egg cartons, trays and cup carriers.

Once used, the packaging can be collected through the kerbside box system or home composted. Huhtamaki is donating £1 for every tonne of paper collected through the campaign to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

The scheme will run across the five council areas in which the Bryson kerbside box service operates – Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

Residents can use their kerbside boxes to recycle a wide range of paper items, including newspapers, magazines, brochures, greeting cards and shredded paper. All paper collected through the service is then sent from Bryson Recycling to Huhtamaki Lurgan, where it is processed to make egg cartons, trays and cup carriers.

Jeff Kearon, Logistics Manager at Huhtamaki Lurgan, which is in its 80th year, said:“We are delighted to partner Bryson Recycling and the local councils for a new scheme which provides an excellent opportunity to encourage residents to separate their recycling materials into the kerbside boxes – whilst supporting a worthy cause.

“The paper collected through the kerbside box system is ideal for reprocessing as it contains minimal amounts of unwanted plastics and other contaminants typically found in mixed collection systems.

“Huhtamaki has a strong history of successful partnerships with charities and has worked with Bryson Recycling on previous campaigns to support the local economy and promote recycling, which is crucial for companies like ourselves.”


Eric Randall, Director at Bryson Recycling, which is part of the Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise, said:

“Recycling Rewards is an important campaign and a fantastic opportunity to boost local recycling rates as well as raise awareness of our kerbside box service, which is available to over 170,000 households throughout Northern Ireland.

“By collecting recycling using kerbside boxes we can ensure that materials are of a high quality and can be recycled locally, which helps to create jobs and support the local economy.

“We really want to encourage households to do their bit for the environment and help support a local charity which provides fantastic support to children and their families through its work at the Royal Belfast Hospital.”



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

“We are extremely grateful to be supported by Huhtamaki and Bryson Recycling through this new recycling initiative. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in Northern Ireland with on average, 200 children born per year with one or more conditions. The money raised from the recycling initiative will help us to provide practical and emotional support to these children and their families.”

For more information about the Recycling Rewards initiative, visit

Festive Family Fun!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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With Christmas just around the corner, we are excited to share details of our upcoming Christmas Events for all the family!

This year, we are having a huge CHT Christmas Party at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick on Sunday 6th December with lots of activities for all the family including lunch, creative workshops with Santa’s helpers, a Christmas disco and lots of fun and games from Louie the Entertainer! Our Christmas Panto visit is taking place the following week on Sunday 13th December at the Waterside Theatre in L’Derry where we will be treated to a very lively performance of Beauty and the Beast! Please see below for further details;

Sunday 6th December 2015 – CHT Christmas Party – Hilton Hotel (Templepatrick) – 1pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 13th December 2015 – Beauty & the Beast Panto – Waterside Theatre (L’Derry) – 3pm -5pm

Our festive events are completely free to families living in Northern Ireland that are affected by heart disease however, places on each event are limited so please don’t hesitate to book your space!

To book, call Cathy on; 074 36589480 or email;

Do you shop in ASDA?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

You can help Children’s Heartbeat Trust through nominating the charity in ASDA’s Community Life Programme.


This programme is designed to raise awareness and funds for local charities across the UK and Northern Ireland.


Every 2 months each ASDA supermarket makes a donation to 3 local charities nominated by shoppers and awards £25, £50 or £100 to each of them.


Shoppers are issued a green token at the checkout plus an extra token if they use the store’s bags for life.  Tokens are then used by shoppers to vote for one of 3 nominated charities. The charity that receives the most tokens receives £100!


To nominate Children’s Heartbeat Trust for your local store, simply locate your local store via the ASDA website HERE. Once you’ve clicked on your local stores own page you’ll see the Community Life section on the right hand side of the page, click on the blue ‘Nominate’ button and fill out your name, email address and reason for selecting Children’s Heartbeat Trust!


Fingers crossed we get nominated for a local store near you!


Fab Fundraiser Friday 2.10.15

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

A sunny Fab Friday to all our amazing families, friends and supporters. Here’s some more of our heartfelt thanks to our amazing fundraisers!




Buick Family
The Buick Family, Carol, Neale and baby Max from Antrim along with members of FC Moylena held a charity football match back in June. They raised an amazing £3,040. for CHT and are pictured presenting the proceeds to Lynn. The Buick’s son Max, was born with a heart condition and has had two surgeries since his birth and is doing great!
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Danielle Keenan is pictured with Lynn from CHT at Clark Clinic presenting a fantastic £1,880! This was raised from a 30day Yoga Challenge during the month of August and a sponsored climb up Mount Errigal with friends. smile emoticon Amazing. Thank you soo much.
Jackson Family
The Jackson Family held a charity Hog Roast Night and raised a fantastic £1,360. The event was in memory of Clare their daughter who would have been thirty this year and sadly passed away only days old of CHD. Thank you so much for you amazing fundraising.


Jo Campbell
Jo Campbell is pictured presenting £777.50 to Lynn. Jo recently took part in a Waterside Marathon relay team with Stephen Thompson and Ian Howard. Great work raising a fab amount!





Donnelly Group in Enniskillen are pictured presenting Lynn with a generous cheque for £1,445. The car dealership organised their annual charity cycle (47k & 90K routes) with over 85 people taking part. The event was a great success and we would like to express our sincere thanks to Donnelly’s for their wonderful support.