A love seat has been donated to the Children’s Ward at the South West Acute Hospital in memory of Kirsty Clarke, the Lisnaskea teen who died in January, eight years after receiving a heart transplant.
The love seat and a donation of £410 were presented to the staff in Children’s Ward by Kirsty’s parents Sharon and Alan Clarke.
Kirsty’s mum Sharon and sister Zara raised the money by selling homemade cupcakes at the local twelfth of July celebrations in Lisbellaw. Zara came up with the idea as she is a keen baker and the Clarke family wanted to show their appreciation to the care and treatment Kirsty received as a patient in the Children’s Ward.
 The family also donated £300 to the Cardiac Unit at the South West Acute Hospital.
It was an emotional day for Kirsty’s parents as they put an engraved plaque onto the love seat in memory of 18-year-old Kirsty who received a posthumous ‘Fighting Spirit’ award by the British Heart Foundation earlier this year, recognising how, despite her congenital heart disease, Kirsty, and indeed her family, have used her experience as a ‘force for good’.