£1,000 BREAKFAST IN BANBRIDGE
19th December 2018
It is a relaxed event where children get to do arts and crafts while parents sit back, enjoy a hearty meal and spend social time with each other.
The organisers of a regular community breakfast at the Banbridge Seventh-day Adventist church are still in a haze of amazement over the runaway success of a fundraising breakfast that brought in just over £1,000 for the charity CDH UK.
When Michelle and Peter Milton arrived at the church hall just before 9:30 am on Sunday morning, 25 November, they
had no idea that in excess of 120 friends from across the local area were going to arrive in a show of support for a charity that seeks to support and raise awareness of a condition that claimed the life of their newborn son, James Peter, in September this year.
Orla Reynolds, Michelle's sister, explained that "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is a condition that occurs once in 2,000 to 5,000 births, when there is a malformation of a baby's diaphragm early in its development. This poses a serious threat to the life and well-being of the newborn child. This condition is not as well known but in actual fact it happens just as much as spina bifida and cystic fibrosis."
It is as a result of their own experience of pain and loss that the Milton family sought an opportunity to support the work of CDH UK. When Michelle's friend, Mary told her about a community breakfast running in the local Adventist church, an idea was planted that this would be an ideal place to host a fundraising breakfast.
"There was just no way in which we could ignore this opportunity to support the Milton Family," says
Pastor Weiers Coetser, the local minister. "This is what we are about. And what a pleasure to help!"
The team of volunteers that host this monthly Sunday morning meal immediately began to plan. Advertisements were placed and the word was spread that this would be an extra special meal. The free community breakfast is usually attended by around 30 people.
It is a relaxed event where children get to do arts and crafts while parents sit back, enjoy a hearty meal and spend social time with