BraveheartsNI get on the ball!

Shealynn and Clare Caulfield and Emma McCartney of Bravehearts NI who are organising a fund-raising football tournament on July 30. Also included are David Jeffrey and Brian Thompson, of Ballymena United, who are supporting the event. Picture: Reid McAuley.
Shealynn and Clare Caulfield and Emma McCartney of Bravehearts NI who are organising a fund-raising football tournament on July 30. Also included are David Jeffrey and Brian Thompson, of Ballymena United, who are supporting the event. Picture: Reid McAuley.

A locally-based charity is getting on the ball as it gears up for a major football-related fund-raising initiative later this summer.

Bravehearts NI is organising a Legends XI charity football fun day, supported by Ballymena United FC, on Saturday, July 30.

The event will give local teams the opportunities to play against former greats of the game from clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Spurs, Rangers and Celtic.

It is the latest fund-raising initiative by BraveheartsNI, which was inspired and developed by 14-year-old Shealyn Caulfield in 2013.

At that time, Shealyn had to be admitted to the adult ward instead of the Children’s Heart Unit and the Adult COngenital Heart Disease Team at the Royal Victoria Hospital had no additional support, prompting Shealyn and her mum Clare to devise Bravehearts NI.

“We are here to offer help and support and get the word around to as many families as possible, offering pastoral, befriending and financial assistance, explains Clare.

“Our Bravehearts are able to shape the help and support they need as teenagers and adults which was never available before, simply due to the fact our CHD children weren’t surviving this long into their adulthood,” added Clare, who is looking for a big response from the latest fund-raising event.

A range of corporate packages are available for the football tournament and details are available by contacting Clare on 07769 616967.