Brother’s plight inspires Geraldton ambo volunteer

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Geraldton residents might recognise Kacey Middleton, pictured, from a banner hung in Marine Terrace to celebrate National Volunteer Week.
Camera IconGeraldton residents might recognise Kacey Middleton, pictured, from a banner hung in Marine Terrace to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Credit: Supplied

When Kacey Middleton’s brother Darren was succumbing to brain cancer, he uttered a few simple words that would change her life.

“He said when he got transferred to the Royal Flying Doctor Service or palliative care, the ambos made him feel really comfortable and made an awful situation just that little bit better,” Ms Middleton said.

“That triggered me to get into volunteering, and that’s how I found my career.”

Ms Middleton, a life-long Geraldton resident, became a volunteer ambulance officer in 2017, two years after her brother died aged 29.

Happier times: Kacey Middleton with her late brother Darren.
Camera IconHappier times: Kacey Middleton with her late brother Darren. Credit: Supplied

As well as juggling part-time bookkeeping work and up to 24 hours of voluntary service each week, the 26-year-old is studying to become a career paramedic.

Next year she will continue her studies with the Australian Paramedical College in Perth.

Ms Middleton said as well as giving patients the kind of care her brother received, she enjoyed the challenging nature of the job.

“You’ve got to be quite focused,” she said.

“You’re thinking on your feet and thinking outside the box.

“I love interacting with the diversity of people and helping and supporting people. It’s become a bit of a passion.”

Ms Middleton encouraged anyone considering volunteering to dive in.

“Just come in and do a couple of service shifts,” she said. “Every-one at the Geraldton depot is really friendly and we’re like a little family.”

Ms Middleton is among a number of Geraldton volunteers whose pictures currently grace banners hung in Marine Terrace for National Volunteer Week.

To mark the occasion, Centacare Geraldton will host a sundowner at the Multipurpose Centre on Wednesday, May 22.

The free event, starting at 5.30pm, will include food, door prizes, guest speakers and “speed networking” sessions.

Phone 9921 1433 to RSVP.

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