Moira pupils have playground power

Pupils from Moira Primary School have received the Schools Fundraising Award from British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland for their relentless determination in the fight against heart disease.

Moira Primary School was one of seven BHF Northern Ireland Heart Hero Award winners recognised during Volunteers Week at BHF Northern Ireland’s annual Supporters’ Conference in Dunsilly, Antrim.

Every volunteer is a real heart hero for BHF Northern Ireland, but children at Moira Primary School chose a challenge and made it count in the fight for every heartbeat.

The local pupils took on the Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge and raised an amazing £2,500 to power local research.

School Principal, Mrs Carol Mairs said: “The pupils and staff really loved taking part in the Dodgeball Challenge.

“It was a great way of combining fun, fitness as well as raising funds for such a worthy cause.”

BHF Northern Ireland recently launched a new campaign which will raise money for research that will help to track down all the genes responsible for inherited heart conditions, which affect over 17,000 people in Northern Ireland.

By giving their time, volunteers in schools like Moira Primary School are helping the charity to develop new life-saving tests and treatments in the future.

BHF Chief Executive Simon Gillespie said: “Moira Primary School really showed how playground power can help power researchers such as Professor Peter Passmore of Queen’s University, Belfast, who is carrying out a ground breaking clinical trial into vascular dementia that if successful a common blood pressure medicine could become the first ever treatment for vascular dementia.

“We need more schools, companies and people in the Moira area to join our fight for every heartbeat in Northern Ireland.

“Every pound raised, every minute of your time and every donation to our shops will help make a difference to local people’s lives.

“There is no better time to find out how volunteering your time can make a difference, so please get in touch today.”

BHF Northern Ireland relies on donations of time and money to continue its life-saving work.

To find out more about how to get involved, please contact Gary Wilson, Fundraising Volunteer Manager on 6863 3113, email [email protected] or visit