Courageous grand-aunt to swim Channel

photoA courageous grand–aunt, originally from Blarney, will brave the English Channel when she swims the infamous crossing to raise funds for Build4life. Maura Twomey will be 59 when she takes on the challenge in July to raise vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis children’s isolation unit at Cork University Hospital, a cause she says is especially close to her heart as her grand–nephew Rian Forde from Blarney suffers from the condition. Four–year–old Rian depends on the unit, and the funds Maura raises will go directly towards inpatient beds for children like Rian. The ward is attended by over 25% of Ireland’s Cystic Fibrosis sufferers. “We attend the children’s unit in CUH on a regular basis and they treat us extremely well, however they are in need of improved facilities and services” said Rian’s mother Christine, Maura’s niece. “For my Auntie Maura to take on swimming the English channel to help raise awareness and funds for kids just like Rian is absolutely amazing and we can’t thank her enough. We are incredibly proud.”