Supporting families at Christmas

Your donations will help us support families in hospital and away from home this festive season


Help us support families in hospital this Christmas.

Facing the prospect of your child’s heart surgery is terrifying, particularly when you have to travel away from your home and your family support network.

To date this year, we have provided practical, emotional and financial support to 145 families who have had to travel outside of Northern Ireland for their child’s life saving heart surgery. 

Paediatric cardiac surgery provision has been removed from Belfast, so families are now required to travel outside of Northern Ireland for their child’s open heart surgery and/or cardiac catheterisation.  These currently take place between three hospitals; Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in Dublin (OLCHC) as well as Evelina Children’s Hospital in London and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

This Christmas, we will provide practical, emotional and financial support to over  50 families who will be away from home for surgery or in hospital with their child.

By donating to our #MoreThanAGift Christmas Appeal you can help support a family away from home this Christmas:

    • Just £5 could provide a teddy bear to a new born child diagnosed with Congenitial Heart Disease this Christmas.

    • £10 could provide a gift to a child spending time in hospital this Christmas.

    • £25 could provide sensory play equipment for Clark Clinic Play Specialists to use over the festive period.

    • £50 could provide financial support to a family spending a long period in hospital this Christmas.

Owen’s Mum, Hollie Lydon explains first hand how valuable support from the charity is:

”Children’s Heartbeat Trust (CHT) offered the most amazing emotional and financial support we never could have even imagined.

There are so many things you don’t think about until you’re in that situation and the financial support from CHT just allowed us one less worry when Owen was so sick.”

Please DONATE NOW to support our #MoreThanAGift Christmas. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.