High tea in aid of neo-natal unit
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.
Elsie Halpin and Karen O’Brien Halpin.