A BANDON woman has been named as the winner of a carer’s award by the loal Red Cross branch.
Carol Rumley of Templemartin, Bandon, was awarded the Eileen Hayes Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the Voluntary Carer of the Year at a presentation in the Munster Arms Hotel recently.
Carol has cared for her mother Rachel for over 20 years, and looks after every aspect of her mother’s care. She works with the homecare team to ensure her mother stays in the family home.
Carol herself is undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week in CUH, while remaining diligent in ensuring that Rachel’s nutritional, physical, emotional and medical needs are always met.
Paddy Murray, chairman of the Bandon branch of the Irish Red Cross, was astounded by the 11 nominations this year and said that no two stories the same.
He also thanked SuperValu for their ongoing sponsorship of the winner’s prize.
Other nominees recognised on the night included Anne Duke, Claire Desmond, Julia Ahern, Betty Moore, Mary Desmond, Karen Crowley, Ian Crean, Susan O’Donovan, Sarah McCarthy and Eileen Kelly, who all provide care in a voluntary capacity for loved ones. Each person nominated for this award received a certificate of recognition from the Bandon Branch of the Irish Red Cross.
MC Cllr Gillian Coughlan noted that the carers are most grateful to be nominated and do not seek any recognition for their hard work and dedication.
She added that the Irish Red Cross is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Eileen Hayes, who passed away suddenly six years ago, was an active member of the Bandon branch of the Irish Red Cross, and was a former unit officer for many years.
A perpetual plaque was kindly donated by Eileen Hayes’ family in her memory which is presented to a voluntary carer at the annual ceremony.
The night was finished off with music by Paddy Nolan.
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