Fab Friday 24.6.16

June 24th, 2016

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We’ve got that Friday feeling yet again and it’s the time of the week to say a big heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been supporting us lately and raising funds through all sorts of events! You’re all fantastic and we appreciate and thank each and every one of you! Hope you all have a fab Friday and a lovely weekend. Here some fundraisers we caught on camera!



Church of God Mums and Tots Group in Monkstown held a sponsored walk and pram push. The event was organised by Gillian Robinson and a brilliant £1,440 was raised. Thank you to everyone who took part and donated to the event in aid of the charity.


Ladies Captain at Foyle Golf Club, Monica Smith held a charity open day in aid of us in May. Clare Ball from our Derry Family Support Group spoke at the event and informed everyone of what the money raised will go to. We are very grateful to Monica for selecting us as their charity to support and we look forward to hearing how much money is raised from the event.


Slatequarry Development Association recently held a Truck and Van run for Cancer Fund for Children and Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Pictured is members of the association presenting Mary Jo McCourt with a cheque for £600. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and helped in anyway.


St Patrick’s Primary School in Newry held a Rock Red Day in aid of the charity to help raise awareness and funds of heart disease in children. Pictured is Ciaran Mackin, Principal and Wendy McKeown, Vice Principal are pictured with student council pupils presenting £759.45. Well Done to all involved.


Lynn Cowan is pictured with Tia N Goshi, Ajay Malhotra, Natasta Harmon and little Rosie McDade at Stanhope Street Nursery School. They held an obstacle course race in aid of charity and raise £800.00. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.


Sarah Quinlan from the charity, (third left) receives a cheque for £6,000 from Lindsay and Finbarr McGranaghan in memory of their daughter Tilly who passed away aged 9 months. Included in the picture is Marcia McGillion, Martin Doran and Catherine O’Neill. The proceeds where raised from ‘Friends of Tilly’ who organised a fundraising night, quiz and sponsored walk for the charity who supported Tilly and her family. Children’s Heartbeat Trust would like to thank everyone who has supported the family.


Pictured is Finbarr McGranaghan, Erin Gardiner, Collette Downey, Mary Kerlin, Reece Downey and Lindsay McGranaghan presenting a cheque for £1,690 to Sarah Quinlan (centre). The money was raised from ‘Tilly’s Coffee Morning’ held in memory of baby Tilly McGranaghan. The charity and Tilly’s family would like to thank everyone who supported them.


FX Operations in Citi Bank, Belfast held a dress down day recently in aid of the charity. Pictured is Jolene Martin and Aisling Armstrong presenting £150 which was raised for the charity. Thank you soo much for your support.

Congratulations Dr Connor Mulholland OBE

June 13th, 2016

We are totally delighted to congratulate Dr Connor Mulholland OBE, Chair of Children’s Heartbeat Trust from 2003-2015 and the very first paediatric cardiologist in Belfast, on his award of an OBE in the Royal Birthday Honours for services to healthcare and charity in Northern Ireland. Dr Mulholland is pictured centre here on his retirement with previous and current Directors of the charity.

A lot of our heart families will know Dr Mulholland as a driving force behind the charity since its beginning in the early 1980’s and his outstanding leadership and commitment to developing paediatric cardiology in Northern Ireland.

Upon Dr Mulholland’s retirement last year, colleague and fellow DirectorDr Connor Mulholland (centre) with current and previous Directors of the charity. Dr Brian Craig shared his overview of the role and positive impact Dr Mulholland has played both for the charity and paediatric cardiology in N.Ireland as below.

“In 1976 Dr Connor Mulholland was appointed the very first dedicated Paediatric Cardiologist in Belfast. The early years of his work were devoted to stabilising and making an accurate diagnosis in many ill infants and older children with heart disease. To this end he created a dedicated inpatient facility and held outpatients clinics both at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Ulster hospital in Dundonald.

In 1983 he had the vision to encourage parents to form a support group called Heartbeat and he became a founder trustee. One of Heartbeats first public roles was to successfully lobby Stormont Officials to create a second Consultant Post in Paediatric Cardiology which was appointed in 1986.

The 1980’s saw major advances in diagnosis and treatment for infants and children with heart disease, with the establishment of interventional cardiac catheterisation and a parallel improvement in the range of surgery available and in the outcomes following surgery. Dr Mulholland had the foresight to appoint a clinical psychologist to the cardiac unit which became the springboard for collaborative research projects into the important psychosocial aspects of congenital heart disease. Guided by his desire to improve services for children with heart disease the charity looked to support -the major Congenital Heart Intervention Project (CHIP) and the development of telemedicine placing Belfast at the leading edge of using technology to deliver patient care.

In 2003 Dr Mulholland was appointed Chairman of the Trustees of Heartbeat and was instrumental in appointing a full time Executive Officer and overseeing a change of name to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, to reflect the aims and work of the charity. He provided important support and continuity throughout this period of change as the charity developed to better meet family support needs. Throughout the recent campaigning Dr Mulholland was a determined and vocal advocate for children and families, providing important advice to the Minister of Health.

Throughout three decades Dr Mulholland has encouraged, supported and led the charity through times of political uncertainty and periods of financial austerity in Health Service funding. His voice has at all times been one of reason and he has never failed to support those for whom the charity exists – children and young people with heart disease and their families. As he steps down as Chair this year this is the legacy he with others has created and a vision that we must maintain.”

Congratulations Dr Mulholland OBE from all involved with the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

Plenty of Heart for Recycling

June 6th, 2016

More than 170,000 households across Northern Ireland are coming together with three local businesses to boost recycling levels and add value to the local economy all in aid of a good cause.

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The yearlong ‘Recycling Rewards’ initiative was developed by Bryson Recycling in a bid to encourage people to recycle more paper, glass and plastics. For every tonne of these materials collected through their kerbside box service, the partners have pledged to donate £1 to Children’s Heartbeat Trust.


Cherry Pipes, Encirc and Huhtamaki Lurgan all reprocess materials collected from Bryson Recycling on a weekly basis and work with household brands such as McDonalds, Bushmills and Baileys to provide quality products worldwide, including pipes, glass bottles and egg packaging.


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

“Our weekly kerbside box collections result in high quality materials that are recycled locally, which in turn helps sustain employment levels and improve economic growth. This is a great opportunity for homeowners and businesses to support charity and raise the profile of recycling.


“Throughout the duration of this campaign we estimate that around 10,000 tonnes will be recycled and reprocessed by Cherry Pipes, Encirc and Huhtamaki. This will generate £9.1 million which will be circulated back into the local economy.


“Recycling is easy, everyone can do it. We would encourage everyone with a kerbside box service to recycle as much as they can to help support the local economy and provide a lifeline to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust who provide an excellent support network for local children affected by heart disease and their families.”



Bryson Recycling sends the paper, plastic and glass they collect to the three campaign partners. Cherry Pipes transform plastics into pipes for the agricultural, civil engineering and construction industries at their sites in Crumlin, Lurgan and Dungannon. Glass is sent to Encirc in Derrylin which turn it into bottles for food and drinks companies. Huhtamaki in Lurgan (Ltd) is the world leader in environmentally friendly moulded fibre packaging, using 100% recycled raw materials located on the island of Ireland, they are the sustainable choice for high quality egg packaging and cup carriers. The collected paper is reprocessed into value adding products that are supplied to McDonald’s and all the main retailers in the UK and Ireland.


Lynn Cowan, Fundraiser for Children’s Heartbeat Trust added;

“We are very excited and extremely grateful to be working with the ‘Recycling Rewards’ campaign and partners involved. This opportunity will allow us to raise more awareness of heart disease in children and our work in local communities across Northern Ireland. The funds raised from the ‘Recycling Rewards’ campaign will help us to continue to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people with heart disease and their families across Northern Ireland”.


Weekly household collections are carried out a cross five council areas; Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Mid & East Antrim.


For more information on Bryson Recycling and collections visit www.brysonrecycling.org.

Orans Golf Classic – 17th June 2016

June 6th, 2016


Fab Friday 27.5.16

May 30th, 2016

It’s Friday and we hope all our recent fundraisers have a great time raising funds for our work! We hope you and all our wonderful heart families enjoy the long weekend for those who are off. Here’s just a snippet of some of the fundraising that’s happened recently. Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your support! CHT TEAM xxx

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Aideen McCloy

Stevie Alexander our Family Support Worker is pictured receiving £550 from Anne Barlow along with her daughter Aideen McCloy and little grandson. The money was raised in lieu of funeral flowers, following the death of Anne’s husband Gerry, who is dearly missed. Our heartfelt thanks for thinking of us during your loss.

Elaine Kennedy

Elaine Kennedy is pictured presenting Lynn with a cheque for £563.75. The money was raised from Elaine taking part in the Belfast Marathon for her nephew who was supported by the charity. Well Done Elaine!

Georgette McAlinden and Aoibhy - Belfast Relay

Georgette McAlinden is pictured with her beautiful daughter Aoibhy presenting a cheque to Stevie from CHT. Georgette took part in the relay team at the Belfast Marathon and raised a brilliant £1,009.73. Thank you to everyone for supporting ‘Aoibhy’s Heart’ Relay Team.

Ian Rowan

Lynn Cowan is pictured with Sponsor Colin Chalkley (Dog and Field) presenting £1,088.30 on behalf of the Charity Gundog and Working Test event which was held in Omagh by Ian Rowan. The event was a huge success and thanks must go to Ian and everyone who supported him with this event. To date £1,133.30 has been raised.

J Hawthorne - Boot Sale

Jill Hawthorne is pictured with her son John and nephew Jamie Bloomer presenting £144.20 to Lynn from the charity. The money was raised from the Hawthorne Family holding a Boot Sale at Killylea Primary School in Armagh. Thanks must go to the family and everyone who supported the event.


Jaxon Monty is pictured clapping after his fundraising success raising a brilliant £5,511.55. His mum and dad, Emma and Stephen along with friends and family held a fundraising night in aid of the charity. Thank you to everyone who support this great event.

Lurgan Feis

Pictured presenting Lynn with a cheque for £300 is Niamh, Una and Cliodhna McDaid from The Maginn School of Dancing. The money was raised from them taking part in the Lurgan Feis which was held in St Peter’s GAC. Thank you to all who supported them with this event.

Maxwell Family

The Maxwell Family of Maria, Gerard and Alexandra are pictured presenting money they raised from the Belfast Marathon. The Family along with friends took part in the relay and walk and raised a staggering £4,690.83 in memory of their beautiful son Ross who’s pictured in the photograph. A massive thank you to everyone who helped the family raise this amazing amount for our work.

Michael Weber Belfast Marathon

Alison Crawford is pictured receiving a cheque for £1,340.00 from Michael Weber who took part in the Belfast Marathon with friends to raise money for the charity. Well done to everyone involved.

Sarah Alderdice

Sarah Alderdice is pictured with little Charlie and Alfie Carlisle. Sarah held a fundraising night for family and friends at her home in Dromore and raised £120 for the charity. Well done and thank you for your great support!

The Bloomer Family

The Bloomer Family held a Queen’s 90th Tea Party at Killylea Church Hall and raised £702.50. Pictured is sister’s Susan Bloomer and Joanna Hale with their nephew John Hawthorne presenting the money to Lynn on behalf of the Bloomer Family circle. Well Done to all involved for organising.


Mum’s Pamper Day

May 10th, 2016

Sunday 8th May saw 21 wonderful heart mummy’s getting a day off as we hosted our Yummy Mummy Pamper Day. They got to enjoy nail manicures, massage therapy, hints and tips from a Colour and Style Image Consultant and make a unique piece of beautiful jewellery to take home. This was all topped off with High Tea and spectacular views from the Penthouse Apartments in the Obel Building, Belfast.

A wonderful day of relaxation was had and we look forward to next year’s event already.

We must express our heartfelt thanks to Barista Coffee House at Loughshore Park, Apple Apartments Belfast, Honeyz Beauty Salon, Personally Beaded, House of Colour Monaghan Louth and Busy Bee’s NI.


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Information about Appointments & Reviews

May 9th, 2016

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Dr Casey (Lead Clinician at Clark Clinic) has provided this information about waiting times for appointments and reviews as we have had lots concerns and queries from heart families about this issue.   If you have any further queries don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do what we can to help.  CHT Team





Teens Summer Blast 2016 – Book your place now!

May 7th, 2016


We’re excited for our next Summer Blast for our Teens which will take place at Todds Leap Activity Centre in Omagh on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August. You will be getting to grips with off-road trucking,  body zorbing, bungee run and much more!! TO

BOOK CALL 028 9031 2228 or email familysupport@childrensheartbeattrust.org



Fab Fundraiser Friday 6.4.16

May 6th, 2016

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Courtney & Andrea Gallagher

Andrea and Courtney Gallagher are pictured with their Principal from Strabane Academy presenting £764.59 for the charity. The girls held a series of fundraising activities throughout the year to raise this great amount for our work! Well Done.

Joe Donnelly

Sarah is pictured with Joe Donnelly who held a charity football tournament a Girdwood Community Hub. Over £1,452 has been raised with more money coming in! Thank you soo much for everyone’s support to helped and took part.

Portadown College

Pupil Kayla McCann is pictured with Principal, Mr Simon Harper from Portadown College presenting Lynn Cowan with a cheque for £315.00. The money was raised from a table quiz and the pupils got to choose which charities they would like to support.

Sion Mills Primary

Pictured are pupils from Sion Mills Primary who held a #RockRedFriday event for the charity raising £260. Well done to all involved.

Strabane College

Courtney and Andrea Gallagher are pictured with Principal of Strabane Academy Mr Hampton presenting £225.34 for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. The money was raised from the School Carol Service at Christmas. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Toreagh Primary - Website Only

Toreagh Primary School in Larne choose Children’s Heartbeat Trust as their charity of the year. Pictured is the School Council presenting Lynn with a cheque for £800 from their year’s fundraising. Thank you to the school and families for their support.



Rachel’s Tea Party – Saturday 21st May

April 20th, 2016