2013 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Campaigning and Awareness Raising

Frankie Forde-Waldron, Mayo Roscommon Hospice

Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Category Winner

Frankie got involved with the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation after it was set up 20 years ago and has always been passionate about the organisation. For the past 15 years she has used her annual leave to take groups of volunteer walkers on the Hospice's Annual Cape Cod Walk which, to date, has raised in excess of €850,000. She plans the walks with local help and looks after all of the organisational and the various health and safety concerns for the group whilst out walking. She also organises the accommodation and has built up important working relationships with many local businesses in the Cape Cod area. The walking groups have received recognition and official greetings from the Governor of the State of Massachusetts and from Boston City Council.

Frankie has also done fund raising for many other charities including Crumlin Children’s Hospital, the Western Alzheimer’s Association, The Rape Crisis Centre in Mayo, Mayo Mental Health, Church of Ireland Restoration in Castlebar, Multiple Sclerosis etc. She never refuses to help. On top of all this incredible work, Frankie has volunteered as an organist for a choir of retired people in Castlebar for 21 years.  Her two sons Davitt and Garrett nominated Frankie, they said “We would like to nominate her for this award as she never seeks acclaim, reward or compensation for her work. There are many extremely hard working people all over Ireland who are employed to get the kinds of results Frankie gets, but it has always been voluntary for her and is its own reward.”



Photo courtesy of John O'Shaughnessy