County Down edition March 2018

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Letter from the Editor


Kim Kelly
Managing Editor

They say mum knows best – and this month we have a story that proves this.

Portadown mum Bronagh O’Hare was absolutely convinced that something wasn’t right with her newborn baby Harry. She just knew he wasn’t well.

The doctors and nurses dismissed her fears, putting her anxiety down to the stresses of having a new baby.

But Bronagh’s fears were to be proved right as, just a few days after his birth, her little boy was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. And so a journey of hospitals and doctors began.

Thankfully now Harry is in much better health, although his future is uncertain. Bronagh tells her moving story on pages 8 and 9.

And speaking of mums – we have another brave mummy featured in this month’s magazine. Ballygowan’s Natalie Hampton, who is planning a skydive to raise money for Caudwell Children who provide holidays for children with life limiting conditions.

Natalie’s own gorgeous daughter Natasha is only 11 years old and has already been diagnosed with two rare genetic conditions. Like many families living with sick children, the Hamptons spend much of their time in hospital, so a trip to Disney as a family is a dream come true.

Let’s help Natalie’s fundraising efforts so her family can enjoy making memories together.

These are just two of the many amazing women featured in your favourite magazine. It seems there are heroes all across the area and we are delighted to highlight their achievements.

If you would like to see someone featured in Local Women simply get in touch

Kim Kelly, Editor

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