Churchview, Seagoe R.B.P 110 recently held their annual grand charity night and barbecue in memory of the late Angela Potts, wife of Past Master David and mother of Worshipful Master Matthew.
All proceeds from the event were donated to a local children’s heart charity, the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, who provide emotional and practical support to babies, children and young people with heart disease, and their families in Northern Ireland.
The night raised an impressive £2,000 for the charity and the preceptor would like to thank all who attended or donated kindly to the cause.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in Northern Ireland with on average 200 children per year born with one or more conditions.
Roughly one third of these children with require open heart surgery or other interventional procedures.
Cathy Dalton of Children’s Heartbeat Trust said, “We are extremely grateful to Churchview, Seagoe R.B.P 110 and Angela’s family and friends in raising this incredible amount of money in her memory. This will help us continue to provide support for parents and families of children who have been diagnosed with heart disease in Northern Ireland.”
The Children’s Heartbeat Trust also work closely with Clark Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC) funding top quality medical equipment, initiatives and research ensuring that children with heart disease in Northern Ireland receive the best care and treatment possible.
A central aim of the charity is to provide family support and the charity works to ensure that each child and family receives the support and information that they need to cope with this illness.
The charity manages 15 family support groups across Northern Ireland, providing continuous advice and support for families with sick children as well as parents of those who have just been recently diagnosed.
They also provide counselling services, a teen’s programme, family fun days out and parent accommodation at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
As a small, local charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust rely solely on public donations to fund their services and are extremely grateful to local people, organisations and businesses for support to their services.
Visit www.childrensheartbeattrust.org for information.