High tea in aid of neo-natal unit

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A Cork mum who had both sad and joy­ous out­comes when she gave birth to pre­ma­ture twins is invit­ing ev­ery­one to tea.

Karen O’Brien Halpin gave birth to twins at 23 weeks at Cork Uni­ver­sity Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal. Sadly, her son Bren died af­ter just 10 days but Elsie sur­vived and is a happy nearly-twoyear-old now — she was born in Septem­ber 2016 but wasn’t due un­til Jan­uary 5, 2017.

Karen cred­its the “phe­nom­e­nal work” by the CUMH neo-natal unit with the pos­i­tive out­come.

To thank them — and raise funds — she’s or­gan­is­ing a fam­ily friendly af­ter­noon tea fundraiser at Vi­enna Woods Coun­try House Ho­tel in Glan­mire this month. ‘High Tea with Elsie and Friends’ is open to mums, dads, kids and friends of the Neo Natal Unit char­ity.

Guests on the day will en­joy a de­li­cious af­ter­noon tea fea­tur­ing sweet and savoury treats with prosecco. They will also hear some use­ful tips from sleep expert, Lucy Wolfe.

There will be hair and makeup tips with Par­lour 21 and of course plenty to en­ter­tain the lit­tle ones with baby, tod­dler and child-friendly games, in­clud­ing Baby Sen- sory, Solid Start, mini-mu­si­cians and bounce box en­ter­tain­ment, face paint­ing and more. A raf­fle will round off the af­ter­noon in style with a chance to win great prizes.

Tick­ets are priced at €30 for adults for af­ter­noon tea with prosecco, €6 for chil­dren who will en­joy sausages or nuggets, chips and a 99 ice-cream.

There is no charge for ba­bies/tod­dlers and they can avail of a com­pli­men­tary ‘baby bowl’.

Ad­vance book­ing re­quired on elsieshigh­tea.eventbrite.ie and there is also the op­tion to do­nate for any­one who can­not at­tend but would still like to sup­port this good cause.

Pic­ture: Paul O’Con­nell

Elsie Halpin and Karen O’Brien Halpin.

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