By Kieran O’Mahony
THE mother of eight-year-old Zoe Scannell, who was tragically killed in a car crash on the N71 in Rosscarbery in June 2014, was recently honoured by Brú Columbanus for her outstanding fundraising efforts for the charity.
Alisha Scannell from Abbeyfeale in Limerick set up the charity ‘Remembering Zoe’ in honour of her daughter Zoe. Since Zoe’s death she has been actively fundraising the Wilton service, which provides accommodation free of charge to relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork hospitals.
Alisha herself spent 12 days in Cork University Hospital recovering from her injuries following the crash and she and her partner Eddie organised a ‘Remembering Zoe’ weekend last May where the proceeds from the weekend went to both Brú Columbanus and First Life.
Now celebrating 10 years, Brú Columbanus honoured numerous volunteers and individuals who have contributed in some way to the independent charity. Elber Twomey from the ‘Twomey Family Remorial Weekend’ was also honoured for her fundraising.
George Lee from RTE presented the awards to the recipients and he commended the volunteers, board of management and staff for the amazing work they do.