Local natural gas company, firmus energy, has partnered with Children’s Heartbeat Trust as part of its annual nominated ‘Charity of the Year’.
The yearlong partnership was instigated by firmus energy in a bid to continue their social responsibility strategy, encouraging their employees to get involved with the series of upcoming adrenaline pumping activities including abseils, a skydive and zip lining.
Established in 1984 the charity works throughout Northern Ireland supporting children and young people living with heart disease. Its services range from offering a support network, funding research and campaigning to raise awareness of the effect of heart conditions in childhood.
The charity’s support network includes a spilt into two main groups; support for families and support for young people. Children’s Heartbeat Trust creates a sense of community and belonging for young people, aged between 12 -21, living congenital heart disease, through their Teen Beatz and Tribe programmes.
They also aim to provide practical and emotional support for families and support those who have to travel beyond Northern Ireland for cardiac surgery and investigations.
Rochelle Magee who sits on the firmus energy fundraising committee commented: ’At firmus energy, as well as bringing the option of natural gas to thousands of homes and businesses, we are focused on ensuring that we make a positive contribution to local communities across Northern Ireland.
“On average 200 babies per year are born with one or more heart conditions. One third of these children will have to face open heart surgery throughout their lives. With heart disease being the most common birth defect in Northern Ireland, there are lots of families who need Children’s Heartbeat Trust support.”
Fundraiser for Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Lynn Cowan added: “We are delighted to partner with firmus energy in 2019 as their chosen charity of the year. This is an exciting partnership which will raise vital awareness of congenital heart disease and its impact on children and their families in Northern Ireland. We look forward to staff taking part in various fundraising activities which will help us in providing practical, emotional and financial support.
“As a charity, we rely on public donations to maintain our services, so we are indebted to firmus energy for supporting us and in doing so, making a real difference to children and young people affected by heart disease.
“Children’s Heartbeat Trust understands the impact heart disease can have on all the family, so we have come up with creative ways to make life that little bit easier, including our three holiday caravans available for our heart families to enjoy a much-needed break without having to travel too far from home.”