Castle Hill Red Cross branch has won The Red Cross Chairman’s Shield (Metropolitan) for the ninth year.

Jilly (nee Dalton) in 1954 dressed in her Junior Red Cross uniform taken at her home in Viney’s Lane, Dural. Her veil was a hand-me-down, from a theatre sister at Parramatta Hospital, Sister Deal.

It was Castle Hill member Jilly Warren who was presented with the giant shield by National president Ross Pinney at the State AGM.

Mrs Warren said she was “thrilled” to accept the award on behalf of the branch because as a child she was a member of the Junior Red Cross.

“I found it hard to believe that 65 years after I first became a member of the Junior Red Cross, that I would be collecting an award from Head Office for my Branch,” she said.

She joined the Junior Red Cross Branch as a nine-year-old at Dural primary School in 1954.

“My grandfather was in the Boer War War and World War 1 and my father was in World War II.

“To me the Red Cross was all about the nurses looking after the soldiers.”

The Castle Hill Branch was the highest fundraiser in the state during Red Cross Calling, raising $21,000.

Since October 1989 the Castle Hill branch has raised over $1 million.

The club first won the Chairman’s Shield in 2006 and was a winner for the next two years. It won again in 2010 and then the next two years and was a winner again the for last year years.

Castle Hill Red Cross Club President, Donna Fraser said: “Our members were delighted to be awarded the shield again and wish to sincerely thank the generous people of The Hills for their continued support without which this award would not possible for us to achieve.”

Castle Hill Red Cross meets on the second Friday of the month at Wesley Uniting Church, 132 Showground Rd, Castle Hill at 10.15am. For details call Donna on 0416 082 626.

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