Family thrilled by community support

Sicamous family is grateful to the community for dishing it out with heart.

A Sicamous family is grateful to the community for dishing it out with heart.

Uncle Terry Danielson was busy the morning of Aug. 1, when he served about 375 pancake breakfasts in a fundraiser for Teri and Colin Hutchinson, whose three-month-old daughter Britton has a rare congenital heart defect and is awaiting a heart transplant.

The event, organized by the district, raised about $3,400 for the Sicamous family. In a message to the district, Teri expresses her and her family’s gratitude to council and all involved in supporting their daughter.

“We are overwhelmed by the support of our powerful community,” writes Teri. “This is one of the many reasons we chose to live where we do! I have been a part of, and seen our community come together time and time again, but never imagined being in such circumstances or on the receiving end. We cannot wait to be back home! Pleae forward our thanks to all those involved. We are truly grateful. Teri, Colin, Ayla and Britton.”

Coun. Jeff Mallmes expressed his pride in Sicamous, noting how, once again, the community stepped up to help folks in need.

Mayor Terry Rysz  echoed Mallmes.

“The grandparents were at the pancake breakfast and there were tears,” said Rysz. “They couldn’t thank us enough. That’s what this community is all about, it’s that volunteer work.”

Fundraising efforts continue, with Britton bracelets for sale at Black Dog Clothing Company in Sicamous, and in Salmon Arm at the Garage Furniture Company, and InView Optical in the Mall at Piccadilly. Donations can also be made directly to the family by e-transfer to babybritton@hotmail.com.