Trek Kilimanjaro in 2016!

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

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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“Illuminated Snack Bowl” from the design company Philippi











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Unique personalised Christmas Decoration





Get your Christmas Cards!

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




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

Fab Friday 6.11.15

November 6th, 2015

Can you believe we are through the first week of November already? Another Friday and we have another jam packed Fab Fundraising Album for you. Once again this is just a snippet of what has been happening in aid of CHT! Dont forget if you know of a fundraising event happening in aid of us, please get in touch with Lynn.





Members of Woodville Arms Drama Group present Lynn with a cheque for £750 which was raised from an ABBA Tribute Night at the Woodville Arms. Many Thanks to all who attended.


Pictured with Alison and Lynn are the staff of Jurys Inn Belfast who raised an amazing £1,264.37 from a series of fundraising events throughout the year including taking part in the Cooperation Ireland Maracycle.


Ciara Millar is pictured with her two sons Jamie and Ryan and her Husband Darren. Ciara was one of our 16 brave abseilers who conquered Belfast Castle and raised an amazing £2,239.32. She is our top abseiling fundraiser! Go Ciara!!

Aaron Murphy - Great North Run

Pictured presenting £1,232.50 to Lynn Cowan from the Children’s Heartbeat Trust are Aaron Murphy and Oran’s little sister Molly. Aaron took part in the Great North Run in memory of his nephew Oran Creaney and to raise funds for the charity.

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Anne Winton is pictured with family and officers of Churchview, Seagoe R.B.P 110 presenting £2,000 for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from their annual grand charity night and BBQ in memory of the late Angela Potts, wife of past Master David and mother of Worshipful Master Matthew.

Challenge Fitness

Challenge Fitness Members took part in the Hell and Back Event in Co. Wicklow and raised a staggering £4,628.20 for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Thank you to everyone who took part in this gruelling event!

Emma Wakeford 5 bath to bristol mara

Emma Wakeford is pictured with her two sons George and William. Emma took part in the Bath to Bristol Marathon to raise funds for CHT who has supported Emma’s little nephew Alfie. Well done Emma on a fantastic achievement.


Tom Fitzpatrick from HOPE03, a small local charity who fund international and local projects is pictured donating £1,500 to Lynn at Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Thank you so much to HOPE03 for their generous support to our work.


Rebecca from Clark Clinic and Lynn from CHT are pictured receiving a tremendous £5,814.26 from the McIldowney family. The money was raised from Brogan’s Coffee Morning. Pictured is Brogan with mum and dad, Lorraine and Paddy and big sister Brianna.

Markethill Festival

The Crozier Family is pictured presenting £650.00 to Cathy from CHT. The money was raised from the Markethill Community Festival which is held on an annual basis and ten local charities benefited from the festival event.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham is pictured presenting £550.00 to Lynn on behalf of Star of Kilwarlin Masonic Lodge who held a Night at The Races Event recently. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Armoy Road Races

Ann-Marie McCaughan and Gillian McLoughlin are pictured with Lynn presenting £475.00 which was raised from the Armoy Road Races. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Festive Family Fun!

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;

Camel Racing & Disco

November 3rd, 2015

For more details, please click on the poster to view.


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Fab Friday 30.10.15

October 30th, 2015

It’s been a busy few fundraising weeks here at CHT! Here are just some of our many fundraising activities which have been happening lately. Thank you to everyone who has been raising money and awareness! You are all AMAZING! 












Amy Lee Bake Sale

Pictured from L to R is Amylee, Mr Canning, Christine Herron and Rebecca. Amylee and Rebecca are presenting a cheque for £293.80 to Children’s Heartbeat Trust and Bailies Christmas Wish. The money was raised by a bake sale in Clounagh Jnr High organised by Amylee and Rebecca!

Belfast Castle Abseil

Carolyn Brennan and Siobhan McCabe were two of our 16 brave abseilers who conquered Belfast Castle on our first ever abseil. Together they have raised an amazing £1,206. Well Done! What challenge will be next?

Donna Gallagher

Team effort! Here is the Gallagher Family and friends from Carrickmore who took part in the fisrt ever Carrickmore Marathon Colour Run and raised a staggering £4,000 for CHT! Little Mícheál, pictured centre, received support from the charity along with his family who wanted to give something back for the support they received. Fantastic Achievement to all involved.

Drumgooland Pres. Church Mums & Tots

Pictured is all the wonderful Mums and Tots from Drumgooland Presbyetrian Church Mums & Tots Group who held a Charity sale of toys and books raising £200 for Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Thank you all for your support!

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Pictured is Rhonda Lynn, Janet McCusker and Cathy Keenan from the Economic Development Department at Belfast City Council who held a coffee morning in aid of CHT raising £400. Well Done and Many Thanks to everyone who donated and made yummy buns.

Grace's Coffee Morning

Little Grace McKee is pictured with her Mum and Dad, Judith and Aron presenting a cheque to staff of Donard School and Lynn from Children’s Heartbeat Trust. They each received £1,750 from Grace’s Coffee Morning which was held in Banbridge Town Hall back in September.

McCamley Family

Pictured is Kris & Amanda McCamley with baby Jacob and daughter Olivia. The family held a Night at The Races event in aid of CHT. Family members also took part in the fun run of the Belfast Marathon and ran the Belfast Half to present a grand total of £1,010 to the Charity!

McKenzie Pharmacy

McKenzie Pharmacy raised £570 selling armbands throughout their branches. Pictured is Peter with his son Matthew presenting the cheque. Well Done!

Portglenone Primary

The amazing staff, pupils and family of Portglenone Primary School held a sponsored bounce and Wear Red Day for CHT in October and raised an amazing £2,623.87. This is a huge achievemnet for a Primary School of its size and we cannot thank you all enough for your wonderful support!

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Pictured is Stuart Campbell and Paul McCormick with Joel Taylor and his Dad Robert presenting a very generous cheque of £3,015.00. This great amount was raised from a charity golf day held at Holywood Golf Club and we would like to thank everyone who made the event a huge success.

Wilson Family

There were big birthday celebration in the Wilson Household when Walter turned 60! In lieu of presents the family asked for donations to CHT. An amazing £1,417 was raised thanks to the generosity of Walter’s family and friends. Pictured is Walter, far right with his Wife Marjorie, Second Left, along with their son Colin, daughter in Law Carol and grandchildren Jasmine, Alfie and baby Bethany.



Do you shop in ASDA?

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!


Interactive Quiz & Raffle

October 14th, 2015

For more details, please click on the poster to view or email:


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