On the evening of Tuesday 6th October before commencing their Jiving meeting, Holestone Young Farmers welcomed Nigel Kearney from the charity ‘Helping Hand’ based in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, to present a cheque.
Back in April on Saturday 25th, Holestone Young Farmers held a Tractor Pull on Patterson’s Farm, Ballyclare, in order to raise money for both the club and Helping Hand; through this the club has managed to come out with the fantastic amount of £1,500 for the charity.
The charity, Helping Hand, work with the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to provide care and support for young people and their families while facing illness.
The hospital work to treat as well as entertain the 120,000 children they see every year and so Helping Hand assists by providing toys and games to distract and relax the children, some of which spend 8-9 years of their lives in the hospital.
Being the only dedicated children’s hospital in Northern Ireland, means it is important that Helping Hand do their best to provide the best treatment and equipment available.
However, despite leading in the UK, Europe and even the world with some treatment areas, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the constant changes in technology and so having the funds required is necessary.
Recently the hospital have purchased a £2,000,000 MRI Scanner which has taken three years of fund raising to achieve and will have a massive effect on the treatment the hospital can provide.
Holestone Young Farmers’ Club are delighted for Helping Hands and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and are excited to see what their fund raising can do to help the hospital and the next generation in the coming future.