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With almost 90% of our services reliant on funding from members of the public, we urgently need your help to continue making a difference to people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions in Northern Ireland.

You can help us to continue ‘caring through COVID’ by taking part in an event to raise vital funds for our ongoing work, which we’re still delivering during the pandemic. This includes our care and support services – newly adapted for online, postal and phone delivery due to COVID-19 – along with our new COVID-19 Recovery Service for survivors recuperating after the virus.

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Whether you want to run, swim, jump, bike or hike, we would love you to join #TeamNICHS to continue the fight against chest, heart and stroke conditions in Northern Ireland. Check out our events below and get signed up.

If you have any questions about any of the events please contact our events team at events@nichs.org.uk, or call us on (028) 9032 0184.

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‘Still caring through COVID’: Virtual Collections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many of our usual fundraising events being cancelled and yet, more people than ever are relying on our services at this time. Thousands of people with chest, heart and stroke conditions in Northern Ireland depend on our care and support, which is why we’re ‘still caring through COVID’. However, we need your help.

Setting up a virtual collection is a great way to help us raise much-needed funds during the ongoing pandemic when other fundraising activities can’t take place. As a result, you’ll be ensuring that we can keep providing vital services, which we’ve adapted for online, phone and postal delivery, giving service users important advice and rehabilitative support.

Your generosity will also help fund our new COVID-19 Recovery Service, which helps people recovering from the physical and psychological effects of the virus and supports them in rebuilding their lung and general health.

How to raise money online

To set up a virtual collection just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Set up a JustGiving or Facebook Fundraiser page.
  2. Add a few details about who you’re raising money for and why.
  3. Share the link online with friends and family to start collecting funds.

Your support makes a huge difference

The challenges of COVID-19 continue to have a higher impact on the most vulnerable within our community. Meanwhile, those with chest, heart and stroke conditions are more at risk from the effects of the virus so they need our support now more than ever.

Setting up a virtual collection will ensure that we can keep helping the thousands of people in Northern Ireland who rely on us and provide the information and practical support they need. Almost 90% of our funds come from you, so we urgently need your help so we can ‘continue caring through COVID’.

If you prefer not to do one of the above events, or just like to do your own thing, you are  welcome to organise your own event to raise funds to help us support families across Northern Ireland affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions.

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  • At least 80p in every £1 raised or donated is spent delivering our life-changing care and prevention services, as well as funding local research into these illnesses.

    How does NICHS spend donations?

    Thanks to our loyal supporters we raised more than £3.35 Million last year to support our programmes across Northern Ireland.

    £1.39 Million was spent on delivering our care support programmes, £576k was spent on delivering our prevention programmes and £736k on local research into chest, heart and stroke related conditions.

    In other words, for every £1 raised, around 80p, went directly to funding our care and prevention programmes as well as research to help fight chest, heart and stroke conditions.

    How you can help

    Over 335,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions, and these illnesses are responsible for 37% of all adult deaths every year. That's almost 6,000 people. Every day across Northern Ireland 11 people will suffer a stroke and 17 will have a heart attack.

    With your support we are able to continue our vital care and prevention work across the community, caring for people who are living with chest, heart and stroke conditions and helping prevent people becoming ill in the first place.


    Support us today and help us lead the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.

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  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. If you Gift Aid your donations we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

    This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

    You could make your donation to us NICHS worth even more!

    Whether you are making a cash donation, setting up a regular gift, or asking friends and family to sponsor you in an event, your donation could be worth an extra 25% thanks to the Gift Aid donations scheme. Last year, we were able to reclaim over £74,000 through donations that were gift aided which contributed towards our care and prevention programmes.

    Gift Aid Calculator

    How it works:

    Under the Gift Aid scheme, if you are a UK taxpayer, the Government allows charities to reclaim 25p of every pound you give – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny! With your permission NICHS can re-claim this tax on your behalf.

    Once you’ve read the Gift Aid statement and are happy you can comply with it, simply tick the Gift Aid box to say you agree that NICHS can reclaim tax for you. If you’d prefer to complete a paper version of our Gift Aid Declaration form and post it into our office, you can download a pdf version by clicking on the button below.

    If you’d like to find out how much more your donation would be if it was Gift Aided, just use the calculator below.

    Click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration

    What we need to claim Gift Aid

    • Your full name and home address
    • The donation amount you are giving. We can accept cash also.
    • We can't claim Gift Aid on donations from company accounts. The donation must be your own money and not the proceeds of a collection.
    • For you to confirm that you pay income tax or capital gains tax which at least equals the amount NICHS and other charities and community amateur sports clubs will claim in the appropriate tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next). This is currently 25p for every £1 you give.
    • Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations.
    • Once you have become a Gift Aid donor, please let us know if you stop paying tax or if you change your name/address so that we can update our records.
  • If you would like any further help, or have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or supportercare@nichs.org.uk

  • The work that we do is only possible because of the generous donations that we receive from our supporters. You are very important to us. Thank you so much for helping us in the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses across Northern Ireland.

    When you make a donation to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, we promise that :

    • Your donation will be used wisely, responsibly and for the purpose given.
    • If a donation is made for a specific purpose we will honour that request.
    • We will safeguard your personal information in line with Data Protection principles.
    • We will communicate with you in accordance with your wishes.
    • Queries or complaints will be responded to as quickly as possible.
    • Administration costs will be kept to a minimum.
    • Your support will be acknowledged and we will keep you updated about how you are helping people who suffer from chest, heart or stroke illnesses.
    • Fundraisers will respect you as a donor and will be transparent in their dealings with you at all times.
    • Fundraisers will work to the highest professional standards and will adhere to the practices and guidelines as directed by the Institute of Fundraising.
    • Where donations are solicited indirectly, i.e. by 3rd party agencies, we recognise that donors have the right to request information about them.

    If you have any questions, please contact Supporter Care on 028 9026 6743 or supportercare@nichs.org.uk.

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