NI Children’s Hospice celebrates 21 Years of Care

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council hosted a special Garden Party today [Friday 6th May] to celebrate 21 years of care at Horizon House, the In-Patient Unit within Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The event was co-hosted by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Councillor Billy Webb, and Northern Ireland Hospice Chief Executive, Heather Weir. Families cared for by Hospice over the last 21 years, supporters, donors, nurses and volunteers came together for an afternoon of fun, food and music at Antrim Castle Gardens.

Horizon House first opened its doors in 2001 and has continued to provide specialist palliative care for children and their families living across Northern Ireland ever since.

The Garden Party is just one of the ways that the Council are supporting Northern Ireland Hospice throughout their birthday year. As part of the 21 Years of Care celebrations and their ongoing support of NI Hospice, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is also one of the sponsors of this summer’s feel-good event, Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Mayor, Councillor Billy Webb, said: “NI Children’s Hospice is one of my chosen charities for my term and I am delighted to be able to sponsor this event.

“It is a privilege to lend my support to such an amazing charity that provides vital services in our community. I have the honour of representing all the people of the Borough in paying tribute to the two decades of specialist palliative care delivered by Hospice.”

The free, family-friendly art event will see popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant brought to life with a herd of uniquely-designed elephant sculptures positioned in key landmarks, streets, and open spaces throughout the city for ten weeks. To find out more about sponsoring an Elmer visit for more information about Northern Ireland Hospice visit

Elmer's Big Belfast Trail 2022