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Children’s Heartbeat Trust delighted at official opening of Children’s MRI scanner unit.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The Minister for Health, Michelle O’Neill MLA, today officially opened the new MRI Scanner Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Attending the launch was Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive of the Children’s Heartbeat trust, one of the four local children’s charities who raised £2million to help fund the scanner.


The Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal was set up by four charities: Carrickmannon MRI Scanner Children’s Appeal, Helping Hand, the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund and the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Between 2011 and 2013 they held and co-ordinated fundraising events right across NI, and this, along with funding from the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, has funded the purchase, installation and running costs of the scanner.


Like all other children’s hospitals across the UK, the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children will now be able to carry out investigations on patients without undergoing different types of investigation which may be invasive or involve radiation.


Speaking at the launch Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, said: “We came together with the goal of raising the funds that would help the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children increase the service it gives to local children by installing an MRI scanner. Our target was to raise £2million and it was thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of the Northern Irish public that this amazing target was reached.


“The completion of the installation of the MRI will mean better detection for children, which will ultimately help in the treatment they are given. All four charities are delighted to have been able to support this project and we are grateful to everyone who donated and supported the appeal.”


Minister of Health Michelle O Neill unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the MRI Scanner Unit at the RBHSC.

Minister of Health Michelle O Neill unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the MRI Scanner Unit at the RBHSC.


Minister of Health Michelle O Neil with representatives of the Children's MRI Scanner Appeal (L-R) Sarah Quinlan, Ivan Martin, Minister O Neill, Nichola Rooney, Nigel Kearney.

Minister of Health Michelle O Neil with representatives of the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal (L-R) Sarah Quinlan, Ivan Martin, Minister O Neill, Nichola Rooney, Nigel Kearney.

Supporters Conquer the Castle

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

On Sunday 9th October we had eight very brave supporters conquer Belfast Castle by taking part in our charity’s abseil. The weather was perfect and lots of supporters came out in force to cheer everyone as they abseiled 100ft down Belfast Castle’s tower. Big thanks and well done to everyone who took part to raise funds and awareness for local heart children.

If you would like to take part in an abseil for the charity, please register your interest with Lynn on 028 90312228 or email:

Below is some photos taken from the day!

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Fab Fundraiser Friday 23.9.16

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

It’s Friday which means FAB FUNDRAISER FRIDAY! Once again we are indebted to everyone who has donated to our work, whether it be popping change into a charity collection box, holding an event or sponsoring someone. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.  Here are just some of the supporters we caught on camera! 1


Lynn is pictured with Patryk Jelonek, Barrie Cochrane and his children Charlie and Connie receiving money raised from a charity football game held a Craigavon City Football Club. The Cochrane family would like to thank everyone again for their kind donations and support.


Jigsaw Day Nursery held a week long of fundraising events for the charity in memory of little Tilly McGranaghan. Pictured are some of the Nursery Kids and staff presenting Lynn with a cheque for an amazing £2,041.00. Thank you to all the kids, parents and staff for their generous support!


Huge Thank you to all the customers from Forbes Spar, Ardboe who contributed to this £1000 cheque being presented to Lynn from Childrens Heartbeat Trust from Ryan Forbes. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.


Thanks to St Patrick’s Masonic Lodge, NO 79, who recently presented a cheque for £1,100. The money was raised from a series of fundraising event held in aid of charity. Pictured are members presenting the cheque to Lynn from the charity.


Temple and District Vintage & Classic Club members are pictured presenting Lynn Cowan with a cheque for £1,500. The money was raised from the club’s annual vintage rally which was held a Temple Golf Club. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the event.


Tina Hewitt pictured right cut her long hair short to raise a fantastic amount of £1,175.00. She raised her money in aid of close friends Stacey and Nicole and their daughter Robyn. Stacey is pictured also with Lynn from the charity accepting the cheque. Thank you to everyone who supported Tina in her challenge.


Julie, Victoria, Jamie and little Archie are pictured with Lynn presenting a cheque for £1,710. The money was raised from a series of fundraising events held over the past few months in aid of little Archie who was born with a heart defect. Thank you to everyone who supported the family with their fundraising.


Co-op Local Community Fund

Friday, October 7th, 2016


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:

You will then be able to support our work.


There are a select number of Co-op Stores and funeral homes that will be supporting our cause specifically and these are listed below:

Food: Abbots Cross – BT37 9QT
Food: Whitewell Road – BT36 7NH
Funeralcare: Glengormley (P) – BT36 7UA
Funeralcare: Browns Houston & Williamson (P) – BT37 9RU
Funeralcare: Mulhollands of Carrickfergus (P) – BT38 8BL
Funeralcare: Bairds of Antrim (P) – BT41 4BE

Please support these in anyway you can with your membership card.


Fab Fundraiser Friday 30.9.16

Friday, September 30th, 2016

1It’s been another busy week of fundraising and a special mention must go to Harry and Kathleen McCann of Desertmartin Pony Drive & the Stewart Family who presented us with an phenomenal cheque for £14,200! It was such an amazing surprise and together with all our recent fundraising, we are just overwhelmed by the support we’re receiving. A big heartfelt thank you to everyone. All your wonderful help will make such a real difference to local heart families! 



Representatives of Desertmartin Pony Drive along with the Stewart Family present a cheque to CHT for an amazing £14,200. The money was raised from their annual pony drive for Ryan Stewart and his family who has been supported by the charity. We are indebted to everyone who helped raise this fantastic amount.


Joanne Black is pictured with her two daughters Megan and Maya with a cheque for £1,235.69. Joanne raised the money for CHT by bravely jumping 13,000ft from a plane in her charity skydive!


Jessica Devlin of JD Dance is pictured with her dance class holding a cheque for the charity totally £278.80. The money was raised from a dance competition held and congratulations to all the girls on raising this fab amount!


Jim Beggs is all smiles recently after completing the 126km Giants Causeway Coast Sportive in aid of CHT raising £1,040. Thank you to everyone who supported Jim on his challenge for little Thea.


Foyle Golf Club Lady’s Captain Monica Smith presents a cheque for £3,240 to Lynn from Children’s Heartbeat Trust and Amy Louden representing the sponsors. The money was raised from their charity open and auction. Big thank you must go to everyone who supported the event.


Members of Newry & District Masonic present Lynn with a cheque for £1250. The money was raised from their charity golf day at Lisburn Golf Club. Pictured L-R are: Wor Bro Eric Williamson (Sec, Newry District Charity Comm), Rt Wor Bro Rodney McCurley, (Deputy Grand Master), Lynn (Children’s Heartbeat Trust), Rt Wor Bro Roger Matthews, (PGM Down), Wor Bro Alan Ferris, (Sec, Ferris Cup Comm)

Help us plan our services and have your say!

Monday, September 19th, 2016


Have your say...

We are working with Gauge NI to complete an evaluation/review of the impact of our services. This will help us plan services for the future and access funds to expand our support for heart families. You may have spoken to Stephen or Conor at the recent Family Fun Days or our Teens Summer Blast event. In follow up to this there is a short survey for Parents and for Young People that we would greatly appreciate you completing.

All responses are completely confidential and comments will not be credited to any individual. The only contact information asked is if you would like to be entered into a draw for a One4all voucher for completing the survey!

Responses should be submitted by 30th September 2016.

Parents follow this link

Any of our heart teens follow this link

Thanks! CHT Team


Fab Fundraiser Friday 9.9.16

Friday, September 9th, 2016

We’re hoping Fab Fundraiser Friday will cheer you up on this wet, rainy day! Again thank you to everyone who has been fundraising for us lately, alot of whom have not been photographed! We really appreciate your support so much and best of luck to everyone fundraising for us over the weekend! 🙂 #YouAreAllAmazing



Jason Law from Ards Mini Rugby presents Lynn and Alison with £227 which was raised from a fundraiser held at the club.


Shane O’Donnell is pictured with family members presenting £705.10 to Lynn from the charity. The money was raised from the annual Brantry Tractor Run.


Lisbarnett & Lisbane Community Association recently held a Charity BBQ night in aid of Children’s Heartbeat Trust and LLCA. Pictured along with some of the LLCA Executive Committee and staff is Lynn Cowan accepting a cheque for £1350 on behalf of Children’s Heartbeat Trust from LLCA Chairperson Margaret Finlay. Just over £450 was also raised for LLCA funds to help with running costs of the Community Centre. Photo Credit Ards Chronicle.


Kelly Gallagher Grant held a family BBQ and Tattoo event at her home recently in memory of her Sister Laura who would have been 30 this year and raised £1,279.95. Thank you to everyone for your support!


Laurelview Equestrian Centre are pictured with a cheque for £1,100 which was raised from a Dressage Day held at the centre in August. The event was held in memory of little Tilly McGranaghan who sadly passed away this year.


Mark Reid along with members of Sperrin Harriers are pictured presenting Lynn with a cheque for £500. The money was raised from The Stanley Reid Annual Memorial 5 Mile Race. Thanks to everyone for their support!

Heart Tea Party!

Monday, September 5th, 2016










To celebrate World Heart Day on Thursday 29th September, why not join in with our first ever HEARTY TEA PARTY? Everyone loves a wee cup of tea and treat so why not get your friends or work colleagues together, take some time to catch up and raise funds for the charity!

To sign up and get your fundraising pack email:



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Supporters Whizz across Lagan for Charity

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August we had a great time watching 38 brave supporters well and truly whizz their way across the Lagan on our charity Zipline!  The atmosphere was great with lots of family and friends coming to cheer everyone on!  Thank you to everyone who took part for taking on the challenge and raising funds and awareness of our work! You are all amazing!

What will we do next?? 🙂  If you would like to take part in a zipline or other fundraising event, please contact Lynn on 028 9031 2228.

Here just some photos from the day. Pop over to our facebook page to see more.