Henry Bear Blanketeers

Henry Bear Blanketeers.
This is a little project that begun in 2002.The idea originated in America and this is a short story of how in started here in Ireland.
It all began for Heart Children Ireland when I attended one of Heart Children’s Annual Genreal Meetings. (I had just had a baby with CHD) There was a pile of blankets on a table at the AGM  and they were looking for someone to help set the project up here in Ireland. 

It was called project Linus in America but we had we had to change the name to Henry Bear Blanketeers. So, being a dress designer and, having had to give up my job to look after my heart baby, I needed something to keep myself busy so, I volunteered. Now I had to look for
sewers and knitters, and what better place, then The Irish Patchwork Society.

These ladies over the years have been truly amazing. Blankets have come from every corner of Ireland. We have our own Linda Martin who sews non-stop for us, and I am sure many of you have Quilts from her. I have two ladies Máire Jones and Peggy Preston working on the knitters in the Rush, Skerries and Wicklow areas.

We have also received blankets from Limerick Prison.  When I receive the blankets I pack up my car and head over to Crumlin.  The blankets are given to the children in ICU who take them home when they leave hospital and get extra cuddles with there family and friends.

Brenda Mohan

Stephen, Ciaran and Brian do their bit for Heart children Ireland.
Doreen Healy and "The Tiny Hearts Fundraising Group" on their way to raising 15k for Heart Children Ireland
Our Fantastic Home Retail Group fundraisers.
Eamonn and Colette Dunphy together with James handing over much needed machines to the Cardiac Unit at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
Stephen Foley helps launch a fundraising drive with Paul O'Connell
Mike Foley, Director Heart children Ireland with a cheque for 46k raised by the Knights of St. Lazarus
The "Kelly Girls" raising funds for Heart children
For Ever Blowing Bubbles Day raises 8k 
James, one of our fantastic fundraisers, with Daniel Day-Lewis
Tom and Elaine Harrold handing over a cheque for 8k to Heart Children Ireland
Our AMAZING Brenda Mohan
Michael O'Callaghan keeps the flag flying in Kerry
Our wonderful supporters
Almost there for a much needed machine for our young adults.
Through the efforts of our fundraisers HCI were able to donate 18 Portable Oxygen Saturation Monitors to the cardiac ward in Crumlin.
Damien Duff and his Son Woody launching Heart children Ireland's Coagu-Chek Programme.
James speaking on behald of Heart Children Ireland at the Coagu-Chek launch on June 7th 2013 
Olive, Mackensie, Micaela and Nicole flying the windmill in Mayo
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