Newtownabbey generosity towards vital work of local charity

Presenting the big cheque to the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) charity from the Glengormley Fundraising Group are (from left to right) Marie Kean, Linda Culbert, Liz Dickson, Margaret Withers, Valerie Saunders, NICHS Fundraising Co-ordinator, David Magill and Valerie Mathews.
Presenting the big cheque to the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) charity from the Glengormley Fundraising Group are (from left to right) Marie Kean, Linda Culbert, Liz Dickson, Margaret Withers, Valerie Saunders, NICHS Fundraising Co-ordinator, David Magill and Valerie Mathews.

The Glengormley Fundraising Group for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) has raised an amazing £14,500 in the past year to support the services of the charity in the Newtownabbey area.

The majority of money was raised at events such as the annual ten pin bowling competition, indoor bowling throughout the winter months, the Hearty Lunch in 2011 and collections at local supermarkets. The Glengormley groups also received donations from the Rotary Club, Lenten Lunches and Farming events.

Linda Culbert, a member of the group said: “We want to thank everyone in Newtonabbey for their generosity and support over the past year. We all know someone who has suffered from respiratory disease, heart disease or stroke and supporting NICHS is a very personal thing for so many people. And people like to know that the money they donate will be used locally.”

NICHS provide a range of services in the Newtownabbey area such as the Weekly Stroke Scheme which provides a structured programme of activities to benefit people living with a stroke as well as Monthly Social Stroke Club. The NICHS Stroke Family Support Service provides advice and emotional support to family and carers when someone has a stroke, to help them deal with life after stroke.

The NICHS Respiratory Support Group was set up two years ago to support people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which helps people with this illness manage their condition as well as offering support and advice on living with a long term condition. Prevention is better than cure and the NICHS Health Promotion Nurses provide health checks raising awareness of risk factors for chest, heart and stroke illnesses in the area.

More than 7,500 people each year die from a chest, heart or stroke illness in Northern Ireland. That is more than 20 people every day which is half of all deaths in Northern Ireland. And many thousands more live with these long term health conditions and need emotional and practical support, which Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke provides.