National Museums NI will be looking to the future over the next two years with their fundraising efforts going to support children with congenital heart disease (CHD). National Museums NI has just announced that its new Charity of the Year will be local charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect for children born in Northern Ireland, with around 200 born each year. Children’s Heartbeat Trust provide practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people living with heart. They offer youth and family support services, fund research and campaign for the voice of children, young people and their families to be at the heart of all congenital cardiac disease services.
Over the next two years National Museums NI, which operate some of the best known visitor attractions in NI, will be on board with the charity to help raise vital funds to support their work. The announcement comes as the charity raise awareness for CHD with their annual Heart Week.
Announcing the new partnership, Children’s Heartbeat Trust Fundraising Officer, Gareth McGreevy, said, “The collaboration between National Museums and Children’s Heartbeat Trust is an exciting one, and we are delighted to partner with some of the most iconic visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. This gives many heart families fantastic opportunities for days out in Northern and National Museums NI has already provided an opportunity for 30 of our families to visit their sites across Northern Ireland right on their own doorstep. We are particularly excited about the new educational opportunities this partnership can bring our heart families over the coming years.”
Geraldine Nolan, Chairperson of the Charity Committee at National Museums NI says, “We are delighted that the Children’s Heartbeat Trust has been selected as National Museums NI’s new Charity of the Year. We will be working in partnership with the charity to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust through a range of fundraising initiatives including sponsored walks, quizzes, running events, cake sales and raffles.”
National Museums NI currently have three sites across Northern Ireland – Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra; Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh and Ulster Museum, Belfast.
Gareth added: “Heart kids Riley, Lucy and Chloe visited the Transport Museum to officially launch the partnership and were mesmerised with what the museum had to offer. There is a world of possibilities that lie ahead and with the imagination of these little heart warriors, who knows what can happen over the next two years. This could be a partnership that will go down in history!“