In the Ten Percent Foundation’s latest round of donations, The Children’s Heartbeat Trust in Belfast has been chosen by the trustees to receive £1000.
The Trust was founded in 1984 with the aim to provide emotional and financial support to children and young people living with heart disease and their families. Every year approximately 200 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease in Northern Ireland with 1/3 of these having to face open heart surgery at some point in their life.
The charity offers youth and family support services, funds research and campaigns for the voice of children and families to be at the heart of aall congenital cardiac services. In 2021 the Trust provided financial support to 138 families staying in the Clark Clinic and provided 50 Student Bursaries to increase opportunities to young people living with Congenital Heart Disease.
How will the donation help?
Our £1000 donation has funded a paediatric first aid training course for families of young people living with heart disease, which can provide parents with the knowledge and decrease anxieties over being in a situation where first aid would be necessary. Lynn Cowan from the charity said “the funds have been used to support our counselling services and has directly provided 18 counselling sessions for heart families.”
For more information about the work of the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, please visit their website at https://www.childrensheartbeattrust.org/