Soaring success

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A SUMMER ball has helped to raise more than £4,000 for a charity that raises awareness of a rare birth defect.

Brighouse Sports Club was packed with families, friends and businees people who went to back the second ball organised by CDH-UK, the Congenital Hernia charity, which supports families affected by the condition.

CDH occurs in one in every 2,500 births and currently has a 50 per cent survival rate. It occurs when the developing baby’s diaphragm fails to form fully, allowing organs to enter the chest cavity and affecting lung development.

Babies who survive often go on to develop other medical problems such as asthma, reflux, scoliosis and, in severe cases, oxygden dependency.

The evening started with the release of dozens of balloons, many containing messages from families, before guests enjoyed a three-course meal.

Special guests for the evening were ‘Emmerdale’ cast members Matthew Wolfenden’ who plays David Metcalfe, and Charley Webb who plays Debbie Dingle.

Brenda Lane who helped to organise the event said: “Matthew gave a wonderful speech and then surprised us all by continuing compering our auction which was a great success. Then we had a fantastic band called Helter Skelter who were brilliant. It was an amazing night which I hope we can repeat again next year.”

If anyone has been affected by CDH they can visit www.cdhuk.co.uk for help and support, or call 0800 731 6991.