Co-op Local Community Fund

February 20th, 2017


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.


An evening with Sir Anthony McCoy

February 8th, 2017

Children’s Heartbeat Trust is delighted to host an evening with 20 time jockey, Sir AP McCoy at Belfast City Hall, with kind permission of the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell on Friday 21st April.

The goal of our exclusive evening with Sir AP McCoy is to raise vital funds to create a child and family centred environment at the new Children’s Heart Centre which is being built at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  The new facility will deliver high quality services for heart children in Northern Ireland, matching the world leading care already provided by our doctors and nurses.

The evening will include a drinks reception, 3 course evening meal, Q & A with all time champion jockey, auction, raffle and music.

As part of our evening we have developed exclusive sponsorship packages for businesses and corporates who would like to get involved. These will give patrons a wonderful and high-class evening with the international sports star.  Please contact Lynn on the details below for more information.

Tickets are available to purchase through or by calling 028 9031 2228.

Tickets cost £80 per person (tables of 10)

Children’s Heartbeat Trust supports the Fetal Cardiology team at Clark Clinic

January 17th, 2017

Fetal Cardiology folders

Dr Ranj ECHO Song

January 16th, 2017

Dr Ranj ECHO

Check out this super catchy ECHO song that Lorraine and Fiona from Cardiac Investigations at RBHSC told us about! Some children can get very upset at the thought of a hospital visit of any kind but hopefully this song will help to turn an ECHO scan into a bit of an adventure for them! Click HERE to watch and listen to Dr Ranj’s slick performance!!!

Evening of Praise – Saturday 4th Feb

January 13th, 2017

Evening of Praise


For more information or to book tickets please contact Keith Quigley on 07912761911.

Join us for ROCK RED FRIDAY!

January 13th, 2017



This February is the return of our ROCK RED FRIDAY event where we encourage everyone to get involved by wearing red and helping to raise awareness and funds for our work with local heart children.

We’re calling all schools, youth clubs, organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved. Simply wear red, raise awareness and donate £1 to Childrens Heartbeat Trust.

Please feel free to post us your rock red images to facebook and twitter using the hashtag #RockRedFriday


For a fundraising pack, please email or call 028 90312228.


Paediatric First Aid Course

January 11th, 2017


Our next Paediatric First Aid Course with REC First Aid Trainers N.I is taking place from 9am – 5pm on Saturday 18th February 2017,  Brownstown Community Centre, Portadown.

This is a fully certified 1 day course and is free to all heart families living in NI and have a child with heart disease. The feedback from this course has been fantastic with families describing the course as “Excellent hands on training, gave us the knowledge and confidence to be able to perform first aid if needed.”

Due to the nature of the training, spaces on the course are limited so if you are aged 16+ and would like to take part please don’t hesitate to book your space by emailing: or call 07436589480.

Take a trip around the new MRI Scanner unit at the Children’s Hospital

January 10th, 2017




Watch the youtube video below to see how the £2Million by the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal has been put to use with the wonderful new MRI Scanner Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.


Healthy Hearts Research Findings

January 9th, 2017

Over the last 18 months Dr Callaghan has been assessing exercise tolerance and daily activity levels in children with CHD, hoping to improve both exercise tolerance and daily activity levels in this group through a structured intervention programme of education and individualised exercise prescription.  Dr Callaghan has not completed her research and an overview can be found below.

Three key recommendations from her research were;

It is important that families receive early education on the importance and safety of regular exercise in CHD. It is also vital that this is maintained throughout the teenage years when activity levels can decline.

Participation in regular exercise can also have a positive impact on self-esteem and development of social skills.

Even children with complex heart conditions should be encouraged to participate in regular moderate physical activity. If you have any concerns about you child participating in physical activities please ask their cardiologist about an exercise prescription form.

Congratulations to Dr Callaghan for completing this very important research and helping heart children live healthier, fitter lives!



Children’s Heartbeat Trust place family support at heart of new strategy

December 9th, 2016

aims-1234Expanding the services available for children born with congenital heart disease and their families is essential to create a world leading service – that was the message today as the Children’s Heartbeat Trust launched their 2017-2020 Strategy document at an event in Belfast.

The charity, which was founded in 1984, helps children born with congenital heart disease and their families through a range of initiatives giving direct support as well as funding for the Clarke Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Speaking at the launch of the strategy document, charity Chief Executive Sarah Quinlan said:

“Over 200 children are born every year in Northern Ireland with congenital heart disease which is Northern Ireland’s most common birth defect. Many face complicated surgery to treat their conditions, including open heart surgery, at a very young age. The recent £42m investment in an all-Island Children’s Heart Surgery network will play a vital part in treating these children and to  compliment this important development, we want to ensure that the wider services, from family support and youth services to research and awareness campaigning, are enhanced give heart families across Northern Ireland a world leading support and care from diagnosis until adulthood.

“Children’s Heartbeat Trust has for many years supported both the Clark Clinic and children born with congenital heart disease and their families. Our 2017-2020 Strategy document is published today following an extensive period of analysis and consultation with families, doctors, nurses, government and all of those we work with,” said Sarah.

The 2017-2020 strategy document outlines the charities key priorities in the coming years which includes:

  • Increasing family support services including the development of a Family Support Hub and ensuring support for families travelling outside of Northern Ireland
  • Developing youth services by expanding the programme up to 18 years of age and looking at innovative ways to respond to the needs of young people with heart disease
  • Funding & supporting multidisciplinary research into heart disease in children
  • Represent heart families to ensure that children are at the centre of all decisions made about the clinical services they require.

At the launch event, which was attended by clinicians, families and children with congenital heart disease, the charity’s Chair Professor Nichola Rooney also said:

“The future provision of health services across all specialties will focus on collaboration and centres of excellence. Children’s heart services are the first to be delivered on such a basis across the island of Ireland and it is vital that more and more children can avail of these services. The Children’s Heartbeat Trust will continue to expand our support for the hospital, children, their families and the work of the wider network to make sure this takes place.”


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