At the 2014 Volunteer Ireland awards, on Thursday 4th December, Irish Red Cross volunteer Majella Forde won the Health and Disability volunteer award at the ceremony held in Dublin City Hall.
The Irish Red Cross has approximately 5,500 volunteers in Ireland, many of whom are on the front lines of humanitarian emergencies and crises during national emergencies in Ireland such as flooding and severe weather. These volunteers are vital in providing assistance to thousands of vulnerable people each year.
Majella was nominated by her mother Elizabeth, who said, “I decided to nominate Majella for the person I know she is, everyone knows the public Majella that they see in a uniform for community services but I know the real Majella. It was my chance to thank her for the way she helped me when I had to care for her dad even though she was very young, she would sit and talk with him to give me a chance to take a break. She even managed to train our two dogs at the time to get help if it was needed. I knew from a young age she would end up in the world of medicine and care and she’ll fight any battle for people to improve their lives.”