Family who lost three children in fundraiser

Pictured presenting �3,278 to Sarah Quinlan from the Children's Heartbeat Trust are Barrie Cochrane along with daughter Ellie. The family held a charity football match in memory of  three of their children Aimee, Louis and Ruby who all sadly passed away from a rare, genetic heart condition.

Pictured presenting �3,278 to Sarah Quinlan from the Children's Heartbeat Trust are Barrie Cochrane along with daughter Ellie. The family held a charity football match in memory of three of their children Aimee, Louis and Ruby who all sadly passed away from a rare, genetic heart condition.

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The Cochrane family from Craigavon who sadly lost three of their six children, Aimee, Louis and Ruby to a rare, genetic heart condition have been fundraising in their memory.

Barry and Seilin Cochrane along with family and friends organized a charity football event at Craigavon City’s Football Ground in the town raising over £3,000 for local charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

Barrie spoke on his reason behind fundraising: “After losing three of our six children to an extremely rare and genetic heart condition, feeling helpless does not come close.

“The only way we felt we could do something positive was to fundraise and help other families in Northern Ireland facing a similar situation. So we decided to organise a charity football match for Children’s Heartbeat Trust.”

Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive of Children’s Heartbeat Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to the Cochrane family and friends who have raised this incredible amount in memory of Aimee, Louis and Ruby. Their fundraising will help us continue to provide support for parents and families of children who have been diagnosed with heart disease in Northern Ireland.”

Sarah added, “Heart Disease is the most common birth defect in Northern Ireland with over 200 babies born here each year with the condition. Many of these children will require ongoing cardiac care and/or open heart surgery. The Cochrane generous donation will make a very real difference to the lives of these families and children.’’

The Children’s Heartbeat Trust is a small, local charity who work closely with Clark Clinic, the regional paediatric cardiac ward at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to help fund medical equipment and resources, ensuring that children with heart disease in Northern Ireland receive the best care and treatment possible.

For further information on the Children’s Heartbeat Trust please contact 028 9031 2228; email info@childrensheartbeattrust.org or visit www.childrensheartbeattrust.org.