Midleton’s Maura Milton returns to the Midleton/Carrigtwohill branch of the Irish Red Cross after it elected its new committee two Mondays ago on 6 February.
Ms Milton is the new Chairperson of the unit and will be joined on the committee by Fergal Mullaney as Vice-Chairman, Fiona Brown as Secretary, Martin Walsh as Treasurer and fellow committee members Catherine de Landre, Michael Kelly, Ber Cotter, Caroline Reeves, Noel Murphy and Fergus Delay.
Ms Milton, who also fundraises for Friends of Midleton Hospital, previously helped the Midleton/Carrigtwohill branch with fundraisers including a very successful fundraiser for a new ambulance for the area before she officially joined the group in 2006.
“What clinched it for me staying with the Red Cross was the time of the tsunami in Thailand [which occurred in 2004],” said Ms Milton. “My nephew was out there and he got trapped. Thankfully he was saved. But that same day the Red Cross here went outside in the pouring rain and collected money for the victims. They fundraised €10,000 for them.”
Ms Milton, who along with her team has been a driving force behind the branch’s fundraisers for nearly two decades and helped secured an ambulance, a response vehicle, and a minibus for the area, returns to the unit after taking a 12 month break.
The Midleton/Carrigtwohill branch has been in operation for over 30 years, providing first aid training to anyone interested in learning lifesaving skills or to those who simply want to try something new. It offers an array of first aid courses taught by highly-experienced and fully-qualified instructors and the unit provides first aid cover for many local and national events such as point-to-point racing and motor sports among other events.
“I have very proud of the branch and unit that works for the area,” said Ms Milton, “and they are just people I would call if I needed help. The local Red Cross train people in basic first aid and CPR and assist with flood reliefs and searches. The team is excellent.”
Ms Milton and her team now look to organise a pro bono duty for Midleton’s St Patrick’s Day parade and to expand the size of the team in Midleton.
The Midleton/Carrigtwohill branch trains every Monday night at 7pm in Midleton Hospital and new members are always welcome. No experience is required as all training will be provided by the unit. If you have any questions the Midleton/Carrigtwohill branch of the Irish Red Cross can be reached by its Facebook page.