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A sunny Fab Friday to all our amazing families, friends and supporters. Here’s some more of our heartfelt thanks to our amazing fundraisers!
Below is the full schedule for our Family Conference taking place on Saturday 17 Oct at Lisburn Civic Centre!
This is your chance to meet experts in the field of congenital heart disease like Mr David Barron – leading children’s heart surgeon from Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Dr Shane McKee – renowned Genetics specialist at Belfast City Hospital as well as other key specialists!
There are still places left so make sure you don’t miss out by booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-conference-2015-tickets-18412723953
10.00: Welcome & Morning Session
3 x ‘Living with CHD’ Workshops
– Exercise and CHD – Dr Sinead Callaghan (Research Fellow, Clark Clinic)
– Family Wellbeing – Susan Harvey (Lead Counsellor, Carecall)
– Diet and CHD – Ciara McGrath (Dietician, RBHSC)
12.15 – Lunch
12.50 Afternoon Session
Keynote Speaker – Mr David Baron (Consultant Clinical Cardiac Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Keynote Speaker – Dr Shane McKee (Consultant in Genetics, Belfast City Hospital)
Sunday 27th September saw 16 brave participants scale the heights of Belfast Castle for the first ever abseil for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The sun shone on us as everyone Conquered the Castle and made a difference to local children with heart disease in Northern Ireland. Thank you to everyone for their support with this event. If you would like to fundraise for us, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 074 8337 4910. See below some of the photos from our fab day!
It’s Friday which means time for a Fab Fundraiser post! A big heartfelt thanks to everyone who is fundraising for us at the moment! Here’s just a few of the things that have happened recently! There’s much more to come in the weeks to follow.
Children’s Heartbeat Trust are delighted to announce that Mr David Barron, Consultant Clinical Cardiac Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a keynote speaker at our upcoming Family Conference 2014 on Saturday 17 Oct in Lisburn Conference Centre.
Mr David Barron is one of the UK’s leading children’s heart surgeons, operating on the most complex heart conditions with an expertise in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Complex Pulmonary Atresia and Corrected Transposition & double switch procedures.
Mr Barron will be well known to many of our families who have trusted their child’s care to his hands in Birmingham. This is a unique opportunity for Northern Irish heart families to hear from Mr Barron and be able to ask questions!
Don’t miss out! To book your tickets email email@example.com or book online at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-conference-2015-ticke… Early bird offer still on until Fri 25 Sept!!
Free crèche facilities and teens programme on day too! For more info visit http://www.childrensheartbeattrust.org/family-support/overview/parents-conference/
It’s been another busy week at CHT HQ and another busy week for fundraisers raising awareness and fantastic funds for us! Here’s just some of our Fab Fundraisers this week!
We are delighted to announce that Dr Shane McKee, Consultant in Genetic Medicine is one of our Keynote Speakers at our Family Conference 2015!
Dr McKee has a special interest in genetic mechanisms of birth disorders and congenital syndromes and is looking forward to meeting and sharing his expert knowledge and experience with our heart families.
You can now book your place online by clicking HERE or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for hard copy forms.
What a weekend…..
We have just returned (and recovered!) from our second Summer Blast weekend with yet another fantastic group of teens! This year’s Summer Blast took place at Shannaghmore Outdoor Education Centre in Newcastle sandwiched between the backdrop of the gorgeous Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea – Thank goodness we had the weather on our side!
We kicked off the weekend with the fantastically entertaining Joe at The Gathering Drum who kept us all on our toes and on the beat with his African drumming workshop!
After lunch we all suited up and headed off to Castlewellan with our canoes in tow. We all helped to prepare the boats for some Canadian canoeing and took off in small groups to explore the lough…..and steal Dr McCrossan’s boat! On our way back to dry land our competitive nature kicked in which resulted in a 3-way splash off between each of the boats….fortunately we were all far too wet to work out who won!
Once we all had a much needed shower and some chill out time in the games room it was time for Nightline, we all wore blindfolds and had to put our trust in our teammates under the guidance of our Instructors Leo and George who turned out to be not so trustworthy after all!!
We chilled out on Saturday night with a DVD and lots of well earned munchies as we had an early start the next morning for our high and low rope challenges….The high ropes looked ok from the security of flat ground but once we took in the view at the top of the course the challenge seemed to become a lot bigger! Although the low ropes were a lot closer to the ground they were every bit as challenging…particularly when the alternative to balancing on the ropes was to plunge into a stinky, muck filled swamp…. let’s just say not everyone finished the low rope challenge as clean as they started!!
After a weekend full of fun, laughs, overcoming fears, meeting new friends, trying new activities and a few hundred whoop whoops we have to thank everyone that made this Summer Blast a success; HUGE THANK YOU to Catherine, Jan and Claire our Specialist Nurses and Dr Chris Lockhart and Dr Brian McCrossan for your support over the weekend and most importantly to our fantastic group of teens for coming along and giving your all this weekend….we certainly had a blast and we hope you did too!! CHT Team
If you are aged between 12 – 16 and would like to get involved in our Teen Programme we would love to hear from you! Email email@example.com or come along to our Family Conference on 17th October and take part in our teen workshops!
CONQUER THE CASTLE WITH CHT!
Take on a unique and thrilling challenge of abseiling 100ft down the side of one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings – Belfast Castle! Abseil the tower and take in the spectacular scenery across Belfast Lough and beyond!
By choosing to conquer the castle for Children’s Heartbeat Trust, your commitment, drive & fundraising efforts will make a real difference to children and young people living with heart disease in Northern Ireland. Every pound you raise will help us to maintain our services and support.
We ask all participants to aim for the skies with their fundraising efforts but would ask for a minimum sponsorship of £100 which is used towards our services of care and support to local families. As mentioned we encourage all participants to aim for the skies with their fundraising so if you can raise above this – great!
Clark the Bear is already getting set to Conquer the Castle!