DENISE McEntee and her colleagues at Bunzl-McLaughlin Catering, Armagh, along with family and friends have raised over £1,000 in aid of local children’s heart charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
The money was raised from staff and management at the firm participating in the charity’s #RockRedFriday Campaign in February to help raise awareness and funds for local children and young people living with heart disease.
Denise also held her 50th Birthday celebrations at The Old Coach in Castleblaney were she asked for donations to the charity in lieu of gifts.
Denise is overwhelmed by the support she has received, saying: “I am so grateful to all my colleagues, family and friends who have supported me so generously in aid of the Children’s Heartbeat Trust. My daughter Louise was supported by the charity when she was born with a congenital heart defect over 10 years ago and is doing incredibly well. I wanted to give something back for the help and support they gave our family.”
The Children’s Heartbeat Trust work closely with Clark Clinic, which is the regional paediatric cardiac ward at the Story By: Ulster Gazette March 31st
Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, to help fund medical equipment and initiatives, ensuring that children with heart disease in Northern Ireland receive the best care and treatment possible.
Heart disease is the most common birth defect with over 200 babies born each year in Northern Ireland with the condition. Many of these children will require ongoing cardiac care and/or open heart surgery.
The charity also runs family support groups across the province. Each of these groups are parent-led and give families the chance to get together in a social, relaxed environment where they can meet with other local families facing similar challenges.
Lynn Cowan, from Children’s Heartbeat Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to Denise, her colleagues, family and friends for raising this significant amount of money. It will be put to good use in helping us provide support to the many children and young people in Northern Ireland living with heart disease.”
As a small, local charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust relies solely on public donations to fund its services and is extremely grateful to local people, organisations and businesses for their support to the charity’s work.
For further information on Children’s Heartbeat Trust or to fundraise please contact 028 9031 2228; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.childrensheartbeattrust.org.