Mosside Women’s Institute President Betty Scott welcomed everyone to the June meeting, held in Toberdoney Church Hall, and introduced guest speaker Michelle McDaid, Fundraising Co-Ordinator with Air Ambulance NI.
Michelle gave a very informative and interesting talk on the history and role of the Air Ambulance, including staffing, operational systems, funding and benefits to the people of Northern Ireland.
She explained how research has shown that the service provided by an Air Ambulance crew enables very early, vital stabilisation of the patient at the scene of an accident.
Timely transfer to a major trauma centre greatly improves the patient’s chances of complete recovery, a shorter hospital stay and an earlier return to work.
Michelle told the ladies that since the service was introduced 900 calls have been answered, including many from the north Antrim area.
Teresa Patton proposed a vote of thanks and handed over a cheque for £350 to Michelle.
The president congratulated those members who had competed so successfully in the Home Industries at the recent Ballymoney Show. Due to their combined efforts, Mosside WI won a number of awards, including:
• The Florence Gillan Memorial Rose Bowl for the WI gaining most points in the Craftwork, Baking and Floral Art Sections;
• The NAAA Cup for the WI gaining most points in the Craftwork Section;
• Armoy WI Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the WI gaining most points in the Baking, Confectionery and Preserves Sections.
The monthly competition, a First Aid Hint, was won by Kathleen Taggart. The president closed the meeting with a vote of thanks to the tea hostesses, Teresa Patton and Lena McKeeman, who served a delicious supper.