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Welcome to the Lighthouse Trust website!

One of our pupils at the Lighthouse in Donaghadee

One of our pupils at the Lighthouse in Donaghadee

Welcome to the Lighthouse Trust website!

The Lighthouse Trust provides conductive education to develop the potential of children with cerebral palsy – physically, socially and intellectually.

On our website you can find out a little bit about the work we do, as well as ways you can get involved!

To make a donation to the Lighthouse Trust, please visit our MyDonate page or click on the MyDonate image below.

Please take time to browse the site and if you have any queries don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Donate to the Lighthouse Trust via MyDonate

The Lighthouse Trust summerschool play

The Lighthouse Trust summerschool play

Donation from BigRock People Performance Solutions


We’re delighted a generous donation from BigRock People Performance Solutions, which helps help organisations create the culture, clarity and inspiration to succeed.

Becki and Chris from BigRock said:

“We were delighted to be able to make a donation towards the brilliant work you do for the children and their parents and it is hard to believe that you are celebrating your 21st year, such a great achievement. We know from personal experience the difference your summer school makes to peoples lives.”

Team Lighthouse Trust to tackle 7.5km epic hike on Divis Mountain in May!

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Nathan and his Mum, Janice, along with their dogs are co-ordinating Team Lighthouse Trust to walk 7.5kms on Divis Mountain on 21 May as part of the Belfast Hills Walking Festival. The event is being organised by the Northwest Mountain Rescue Team.


As well as being a challenge, this will be a sponsored walk, raising much needed funds for the Lighthouse Trust Summer School.

Janice and Nathan with Lighthouse Trust summer school assistants Matt (back) and Robin (right).

Janice and Nathan with Lighthouse Trust summer school assistants Matt (back) and Robin (right).

Janice and Nathan have already start to train for this strenuous event and the photos show how seriously they are taking it. Was Nathan left in the Café??

Please support Janice, Nathan and all Team Lighthouse Trust by visiting the Lighthouse Trust MyDonate page at or by donating to Nathan’s page (coming soon).

You can follow their training sessions as we will be posting photos of them and of the Lighthouse participants on the day.

Congratulations to Thomas Bruton on his Gold Gaisce!

Thomas in his electric wheelchair.

Thomas in his electric wheelchair.

A big congratulations to Thomas for getting his Gold Presidents Award, which he will get presented to him on Tuesday in Dublin Castle by President Michael D Higgins. 🎉

After being inspired by Alex, one of our assistants at the summer school, who at the time was completing her Duke of Edinburgh award, Thomas went about finding an award similar in the Republic. From then, Thomas has successfully completed all aspects of his award, with commitment, determination and enjoyment, particularly the Sailing course at Carrickfergus Sailability for his Adventure.

Thomas was presented with his gold Gaisce award by President Michael D. Higgins at Dublin Castle on Tuesday 6 December 2016 accompanied by his parents.

Thomas would like to say thanks to all who supported him on his Gaisce journey!!

Thomas receives his gold Gaisce with his parents at Dublin Castle.

Thomas receives his gold Gaisce with his parents at Dublin Castle.

A July summer school report by pupil Alan Carrigan

Alan Carrigan, July 2016

Alan Carrigan, July 2016

One of our July pupils, Alan Carrigan, has written a report on the July summer school:

Sadly we mark the end of another Great July Summer School Group.

It was great to catch up with old friends and new ones. Together we had great fun along with some exercises and stretching thanks to Angelica and Ester. We also had great fun playing different games as a group and overall bonding and sometimes beating each other. I hope however some of the helpers use the month of August to brush up on their Connect 4 skills for next Year 🙂 I’d hate to have to beat them all over again next Year – just saying 🙂

We went on a lot of fun tours which included the usual Sailing with Sailability, Ice skating & Bowling in Dundonald, a disco at the sailing club and also some new outings like a trip to the Titanic Quarter to visit The Race To The End of The Earth(Which was really good). We did some other activities during the day like life skills, baking and even Drumming which was good fun. We even had a visit from an Ice Cream Van and Joanne came to read some fun books from the Library.

Overall this has been another great year and I look forward to many more in the future.

Thanks to everyone Helpers, Conductors, Joan, Carol, Parents, and Students.

See You all in 2017.

Alan Carrigan.

Exciting News about Ni4Kids and four weeks until the summer school starts!

NI4Kids Logo 2016 Finalist logo

We are delighted to be finalists in the Family Support Organisation of the Year section of the ni4kids Family Awards for 2016! We are excited indeed that we have been invited to the gala awards ceremony which will be held at Belfast City Hall on Monday 27 June. Thank you to all our friends who supported our nomination and please do keep your fingers crossed for us – we will let you know how we get on! A list of all finalists is available at http://www.ni4kids.com/features/article.aspx?listing_id=83918c22-cf4e-4010-a9c2-0820de4890d3&cat_id=39dad908-20b0-4ae7-befd-e9d696055fe1

In other exciting news, it is now less than four weeks until the Summer School starts. Plans are being finalised so parents, it is important to update your children’s interests, and we will try to include as many outings and activities to cover these.

We couldn’t have such an exciting programme of events without the generous support of our many donors! Some of them have asked to remain anonymous. We thank them and all the others:

Mr Colm Fox, recently Capt. of Donaghadee Golf Club
Groomsport PW
Mr Maurice Drury, Queen’s Parade Methodist Church
Bombardier Foundation
Bombardier Employees
ESB international
Rotary Club of Bangor
Rotary Club of Donaghadee
Donaghadee Parish Women’s Fellowship

Our 20th summer school will be a special one, whatever the weather.

Groomsport PW loho Bombardier Aerospace (NI) logo ESB international logo Rotary Club of Bangor logo Donaghadee Rotary Club logo

Update about 2016 Summer School: “Black Santa” grant and emails to parents & staff

This week, we got a letter from the Dean of Belfast (Black Santa) telling us that we will be presented with a grant at the Good Samaritans Service in Belfast Cathedral on 7 February at 3.30pm. Many thanks to Dean Mann and his team at the Cathedral.

Also, emails have been sent to all parents whose children attended last year’s summer school giving details of this year’s school. If you didn’t receive this, email info@lighthouse-trust.org
If you did, we look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Emails will be going to staff this week. A prompt reply will be much appreciated.