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The Gift of Hope Christmas Appeal

Could you give the Gift of Hope this Christmas?

Your gift will help us give the Gift of Hope to those who need it…

for a better recovery through our physical rehabilitation programme,

to give support to the whole family through Family Support visits,

to help children learn about leading healthy, active lives so they can enjoy a healthier future through our school programmes,

to provide potentially life-saving health checks in areas of deprivation to detect early signs of illness,

for better laws to improve care and health policies right here in NI,

for breakthrough research that will lead to better cures and treatments for chest, heart and stroke illnesses.

To donate Text HOPENOW to 70450

Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you'll be opting into hearing more from us.

Read Pauline's Story below of how our Care and Support gave her the Gift of Hope following a life-changing stroke...

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My stroke happened at 2am. My son Matt, who was at university in England, got the call. He told his mates, “The hospital has just phoned me and said my mum has had a bleed on the brain.” He didn’t realise how serious it was until one of his housemates, a paramedic, explained to him how grave the situation was. 

For ten days in hospital, I was constantly sick, and I lost a stone in weight. I also developed sepsis and became very ill. 

Matt said to me afterwards, “I thought I was going to have to plan your funeral.” When you hear that coming from your 23-year-old, it’s very hard. I know how upset he was. Hope was in very short supply.

That was when Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke came into my life. When Dawn, my NICHS Family Support Co-ordinator, first came out to see me, I was in floods of tears telling her what I’d been through.

Dawn was so reassuring. She let me know about the services NICHS offered that could help me recover, like their Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP), which was an invaluable place for me to go and a Godsend for everyone who takes part. The physio-led programme has helped me improve so much physically, and I can feel the difference a year on. I also went along to the NICHS Young Stroke Group in Newtownards. I was nervous and frightened at first of joining the group as a newbie, when everyone else already knew one another. But week by week I opened up and shared my story with the others and started to feel that I belonged.

Dawn had given me the gift of hope.

My stroke left me with weakness down my right side. I have balance issues and often bump into things, and I’ve lost my peripheral vision, so I can’t drive. It affected me cognitively too. I frequently stumble over my words and forget things, like my bank details. It’s awful as I used to have a really sharp memory. I loved quizzes and even had the application form for The Chase on TV! But there’s no way I could do something like that now.

The stroke really changed my life as I knew it overnight. I used to work with people with dementia and that’s one thing I miss. It was a job I loved so much. I was at work one day, and in hospital the next. I never got to go back. That was difficult. It’s hard to deal with those things - the parts of me the stroke stole away.

Recently we celebrated my son Matt finishing his Occupational Therapy degree with a First-Class Honours and getting a new job. One of my hopes is to walk into Coventry Cathedral without a stick for his graduation. Without NICHS, I might not have that precious glimmer of hope.

I can’t speak highly enough of NICHS. I would have been lost without their support. Whatever you can afford to give, will be gratefully received by NICHS and people like me. Rest assured your gift will provide a lifeline of hope. 

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Just £10 will help pay for a life-changing visit from a NICHS Family Support Co-ordinator following a respiratory diagnosis, or after a heart attack or stroke; a time when families most need help and support.

Dawn and Pauline

Can you help our Care Services Co-ordinators like Dawn to be there for people like Pauline during a very difficult and uncertain time in their lives?

The care services we provide support people from hospital, to home, right through to rehabilitation services which help rebuild lives.

When I first met Pauline during our Family Support Visit, she was completely shell shocked from her stroke and didn’t know where to turn. Since then it has been an honour for me to have seen her through the PREP programme and to watch her flourish now as a volunteer and laughing with the new friends she has made

I find it really rewarding to see the progress made, and the light return to someone’s life as they unwrap each piece of the NICHS package of support.

- Dawn Beckett, NICHS Care Services Co-ordinator

Help us to pass on the Gift of Hope to those who so desperately need it. 

Almost 90% of our income comes from donations, so it’s only thanks to our generous supporters the NICHS Care team can be here to pass on this gift.

Please donate what you can today to help change a life. 

Thank you, and Happy Christmas!

Give the Gift of Hope This Christmas

Is this a monthly or one-off donation?

How much would you like to give?

£10 will help pay for a life-changing visit from one of our Family Support Co-ordinators to ofguidance and support to people and their loved ones following a respiratory diagnosis, or after a heart attack or stroke.fer
£15 will help pay for someone to take part in our life-enhancing Heart Strong cardiac programme. This six week education programme incorporates prevention awareness, peer support and self-management techniques.
£20 will help fund our school programmes in local schools to help children learn about leading healthy, active lives so they can enjoy a healthier future.
£25 will help pay for a Breathing Better Co-ordinator to deliver a life-enhancing four-week, two-hour respiratory education programme.
£50 will pay for a NICHS Care Co-ordinator to deliver 2 hours of our rehabilitation programme, PREP, to help stroke survivors rebuild their lives.
£75 will pay for a special neuro-physiotherapist to deliver our rehabilitation programme, PREP, to teach exercises which help stroke survivors improve their flexibility, balance and mobility as well as strength and stamina.
£100 will support life-changing research into chest, heart and stroke conditions. It will help fund high quality research in local universities and hospitals. Research is vital in the fight to prevent chest, heart and stroke conditions.

Choose your own donation amount

How much would you like to give?

£5 will help pay for a neuro-physio to attend our PREP rehab programme, supporting stroke survivors regain mobility, independence and confidence.
£10 will help pay for a home visit from our Family Support Co-ordinators in the aftermath of a devastating diagnosis.
£15 will help fund our school programmes in local schools to help children learn about leading healthy, active lives so they can enjoy a healthier future.
£20 will help fund a researcher for a full day, working to advance how we prevent, treat and care for chest, heart and stroke illnesses.

Choose your own donation amount

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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.


  • 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.

    Watch this quick video where money saving expert Martin Lewis explains why everyone should ‘say yes’ to Gift Aid on charity donations!

    Martin Lewis Gift Aid

    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

  • 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