The Children’s Heartbeat Trust will unveil the ambulance on Wednesday during an event in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
Around 200 children are born with congenital heart defects in Northern Ireland each year, which often means frequent trips to Dublin and beyond to receive specialist treatment including surgery.
Following a successful Mile A Day fundraiser in 2021 which raised over £133,000 from the public for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, the bespoke ambulance was presented by the charity and Northern Ireland Ambulance Services (NIAS) with support from in Commissioned Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval Service (NISTAR).
The Ambulance offers a welcoming and soothing space in which to travel in a time when anxiety is often at an all-time high. It has a number of features including space decor on the interior walls, sensory equipment to calm younger children, and PlayStation and tablet facilities to keep youngsters entertained during the journey.
It is also equipped with wheelchair tracks so that older children can make the journey in a wheelchair.
The introduction of the new children’s ambulance will have a significant impact on heart families living across Northern Ireland.
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