Community Rescue Service receives support as Mayor announces official charity

Cllr Mayor Maureen Morrow welcomed CRS representatives to The Braid building to hear more about CRS as an organisation and the services they offer. Pictured L-R are Sharon Gibson, CRS Regional Fundraising Officer; Lisa Kirkwoord, CRS Support Team Member; Andrea Tolton, CRS Support Team Officer; Norman Worthington, District Commander of CRS Central and Cllr Mayor Maureen Morrow

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has chosen the Community Rescue Service (CRS) – Central District – as her official charity for this year.

Mayor Cllr Maureen Morrow said: “I am really pleased and proud to be supporting such an invaluable cause during my term.

“The CRS is a search and rescue organisation operated by local volunteers with the Central District covering Mid and East Antrim.

“These individuals give up their spare time to provide a service to those in difficulty. Their work involves numerous emergency situations and they should be given recognition for their hard work and dedication in providing this service for people of our borough.”

CRS are the only accredited Lowland Rescue team in Northern Ireland who are capable of searching every environment.

From operations in and around water to land and ground searches, this service is vital to the people of Mid and East Antrim.

Through parks and open spaces to the costal route and beaches, this vast space requires the skills of CRS to help provide emergency cover.

Mrs Morrow continued: “The CRS team are fully committed to the cause providing a professional service to bring loved ones home.

“They have already responded to a large number of local incidences in the last few years and I would encourage local businesses and the people of Mid and East Antrim to support this charity by fundraising and donating to this very worthy cause.”

CRS Regional Fundraising Officer, Sharon Gibson, said: “We’re delighted to have the support from the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim this year.

“We require the public’s support to survive, so this opportunity to raise our profile and much needed funds is welcomed.

“Serious or life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at any time. In 2018, we responded to over 400 incidents region wide.

“We are working with some of the most vulnerable people in society, and we are working right here on your doorstep, on a daily basis, helping those in need. So all fundraising and donations received is essential for this service to remain operational.”


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