Fairhill Adopts NI Chest Heart and Stroke as Charity of the Year!
Fairhill Shopping Centre in Ballymena has adopted local health charity NI Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) as their official charity of the year for 2013. Fairhill has planned a year of fundraising to raise a £15,000 to support the work of the charity in Ballymena with sponsored abseils, competitions and health advice sessions for customers.
Natalie Jackson, Fairhill Commercial and Marketing Manager said: “We are delighted to support the work of NI Chest Heart and Stroke in 2013. Money raised will help the local services of the charity supporting people with respiratory illness, strokes and heart disease. Customers can also get basic health checks and advice on key risk factors for these illnesses to help stay healthy in 2013.”
The charity will have an information stand all this week at Fairhill Shopping Centre and customers can donate by guessing how many balloons are in a heart shaped balloon sculpture to win a £50 shopping voucher.
Vanessa Elder, NICHS Corporate Fundraisng Manager said: “We are delighted to be chosen as Fairhill’s charity of the year. It is fantastic to have the support of such a well known shopping centre and we look forward to fundraising with Fairhill and it shoppers for the local Ballymena schemes throughout the year. But we also look forward to offering health checks, advice and tips to Fairhill’s shoppers, raising awareness of these devastating illnesses, and helping the community of Ballymena stay fit and healthy.”
The charities services in the Ballymena area include the Stroke Family Liaison Service, offering direct support and guidance to families immediately following a stroke. The NICHS Respiratory Support Groups helps people manage life with Bronchitis, Emphysema and other serious lung diseases. The Stroke Support Scheme provides people who have experienced a stroke with a programme of therapeutic activities to help them cope with the impact of their stroke. The charity also runs Self Management courses to help people learn to live and manage these long term conditions.