‘Par­ents’ be­gin ex­cit­ing jour­ney at Breath of Life Place of Safety

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EX­CITED new “par­ents” of Breath of Life Place of Safety An­drew and Michelle Rielly, say they have an­swered their call­ing.

Breath of Life has been op­er­at­ing since 2009 with a spe­cific man­date to help women with un­planned preg­nan­cies as well as aban­doned ba­bies in East Lon­don and sur­round­ing ar­eas. The place of safety has been a home to and taken care of 119 ba­bies since then. The ba­bies gen­er­ally stay for a pe­riod of three to six months be­fore they are adopted. The or­gan­i­sa­tion takes care of ba­bies brought in by po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic who may have found ba­bies who have been aban­doned at birth in and around the city. Breath of Life was closed for two months while be­ing ren­o­vated re­cently. The reopen­ing and launch took place on Septem­ber 10 at their premises in Daw­son Road, Sel­borne.

“The launch tea was a great suc­cess,” Michelle said.

“The changes we have made were re­ceived with great en­thu­si­asm.

“We also got to meet vol­un­teers and donors and got to thank the peo­ple and busi­nesses who were in­stru­men­tal in the ren­o­va­tions”, Michelle said.

The Rielly’s took over from Elaine and Dirk Brenkman who left Breath of Life to es­tab­lish the Guardian of Hope Place of Safety in Bon­nie Doon.

“We are very ex­cited and scared at the same time. But I am just happy that we are now at the stage where the house is com­plete and we are ready to make a dif­fer­ence,” An­drew said.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

NEW ERA: Elaine Brenkman, right, con­grat­u­lates Michelle Rielly, left, and An­drew Rielly, who were un­veiled as new house par­ents of Breath of Life Place of Safety re­cently. Brenkman is the for­mer house mother of the haven for ba­bies

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