Thursday, 5 January 2017
Rosemary, whose medal was given for services to charitable fundraising in Northern Ireland, told The Chronicle she was "delighted and humbled" at the honour, which she has found hard to keep under wraps!
The selfless volunteer who currently attends for dialysis three times a week said her volunteering has given her far more over the years than she could have ever imagined.
Rosemary explained: "I am so touched by this award. I am obviously delighted as well as very proud. I found out about four weeks ago and it's been very hard to keep to myself. My husband, John, knew I'd been nominated but had kept it to himself.
“I have gained so much over my years of volunteering, I have made some great friends such as Betty, Linda, Daphne and Kevin, amongst others."
Over the years Rosemary has been no stranger to fundraising, it was the loss of her son, Paul, eight years ago that really drove the devoted mother forward.
Rosemary said: "Paul died aged 29 after suffering from cancer for 13 months and in an effort to keep myself busy I started organising more fundraising events. Every October to mark Paul's anniversary we have a concert in Dunluce School in memory of him and the money raised goes to Friends of the Cancer Centre."
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