Online and in the shops: CHD calendar

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the most common type of birth defect affecting one in every 100 babies born and about half of those will require a heart operation. 

Online and in the shops: CHD calendar

For the second year running, Aoife and John O’Driscoll, — whose little girl Saoirse was born with CHD in December 2010 — have organised a calendar to raise funds for Heart Children Ireland (HCI), a charity which provides support services for families affected by CHD and for the cardiac unit at Crumlin. All money raised from the sale of the calendar (which costs €10 + €1 postage) will go to HCI. This year’s theme is Superheroes & Princesses, with more than100 children included, all of whom have CHD. Calendars can be purchased at www.heartchildren.ie

Donate batteries: “How many batteries do you have at home boys and girls?” That’s the question Bosco wants us all to ask, as for every waste battery collected WEEE Ireland will contribute to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. In 2012/13, the public recycled 25 million batteries, raising €90,000 for the charity, and it’s hoped that the 2014/15 campaign will be even more successful. All you have to do to get involved is ‘donate’ your waste batteries anywhere that you seethe blue WEEE Ireland battery box; www.weeeireland.ie

Baby’s first: If you are looking for a First Christmas gift for a little one, this bandana bib and bootee set, €17.95, has been handmade in Clonakilty by Little Green Dot. The bib front is made from colourful cotton in a range of fun prints. The bib is backed with a soft and absorbent 70% organic fabric, with two alternative snap fastenings, to allow for growth. Co-ordinating bootees are crocheted in bamboo/cotton. Little Green Dot also makes hats and playmats for babies, as well as bunnies, elephants and dolls, all with their own personalised Santa Approval Certificate (last orders December 14); www.littlegreendot.ie

War effort: This year The Body Shop is teaming up with War Child, a global charity for children affected by war. For every one of their selected gifts you buy, the campaign will provide funding for a child to attend a class. The Frosted Cranberry Gift Card, €9.95, contains a seasonally scented hand cream and soap, with space to write your own message. See www.thebodyshop.ie/war-child at www.bodyshop.ie/war-child

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