PORTLAOISE Parish Centre was bustling on Saturday 28 July when ‘Together is Better,’ a local baby and toddler group, hosted a charity coffee morning and table sale.
The group began meeting in the parish centre in 2017 and it’s been thriving ever since. With an open-door policy, the group welcomes new parents to join any time.
Mum of two Pauline Bell said: “We first decided to have a sale of baby goods to pass on things we don’t need anymore. We picked the two charities because they are services that a lot of our members have used and we really wanted to give back to them.
“We really have had a great response from local and national companies donating raffle prizes and helping us advertise the event. We were delighted with the attendance and felt it showed a great sense of community spirit.”
All the cakes and pastries were baked by group members and tasted fabulous. The raffle was a huge success, with some amazing prizes ranging from swimming lessons to cakes.
Another member of the group, Suzie Lewis, said: “It was an amazing day and we’re very grateful to all the businesses that have helped us.”
The charities that were chosen were Féilacáin, which is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that supports anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after, and the special care baby unit (SCBU) at Portlaoise hospital. Many of the parents in the group have used the SCBU and would be lost without it. If the hospital were to close, many parents would have to travel as far as Dublin on a daily basis.”
The group, which meets every Friday in the parish centre at 10am, saw an amazing turnout, raising €1,750 from raffle tickets, the table sale and the coffee morning.