THIS Christmas Day, four local Portadown men will ditch their dinner, and all the trimmings, in order to raise money for two very worthwhile causes.
Don Woolsey is no stranger to Christmas Day Fasts, with this being his 5th fast in 25 years. His first was in the early nineties, Don's son, Gordon Woolsey who joined Don for the first time six years ago to fast, will also be doing it this year along with Andrew McCreery and Paul Prentice who will both do it for the first time.
From midnight christmas eve to midnight christmas day, the four men will have nothing only water while watching others in their families enjoy the usual feast! This is all for a good cause though, with all money raised being split equally 50-50 between Sands NI and Helping Hands.
Sands is a national organisation, established in 1975 and runs a number of support services for bereaved parents.
Sands in Northern Ireland has its own helpline number and currently runs 11 support groups with the potential to expand this further. All of our support groups are run by befrienders who themselves have experienced the death of a child.
Every day across the UK 15 babies die (over three each week in Northern Ireland) , before, during or shortly after birth and this understandably has a devastating impact upon the parents and family circle. Sands is working hard to improve the bereavement care support in Northern Ireland by developing bereavement suites (including in Craigavon) and memory boxes to every parent who suffers such a lose.
You can help support this fundrasing effort by giving in person at Scotch Street Filling Station, Oasis Youth Centre or by going to our FB page Sands & Helping Hands Fundraiser or click on the following just giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/24hrchristmasdayfast