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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



11 February 2021

Cadet Emily McMullan is bringing cheer to many NHS staff at the Nightingale 2 Hospital, Whiteabbey by making cakes to say thank you to the NHS.

Emily who as a child was cared for by the NHS after being diagnosed with Scoliosis was always a keen baker and started at the age of 5 with simple things such as Rice Crispie buns and then scones to Victoria sponges and at times this brave young girl has even baking whilst wearing a full back brace!

Emily’s mum Karen is a nurse at the Nightingale 2, Hospital and along with the other staff there have been and continue to care for coronavirus patients. So as a thank you for all their hard work Emily (known as Ems) decided to start suppling her mum cakes, shortbread, brownies and scones to take to her work colleagues and they went down a treat!!

Since the lockdown this Glengormley Detachment cadet and Duke of Edinburgh participant has not only been making baking for the NHS staff but is also been making cakes and scones, for the elderly neighbours, family and friends.

Cadet Emily McMullan said: “I enjoy baking and I love to put a smile on people’s faces during the difficult times”.

Currently completing her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) & signing up for Silver Ems is using her baking for her DofE skills section.

Detachment Commander SSI Joanne McMaster said:

“My cadets at Glengormley Detachment are all so talented, however Emily has went that extra mile to help out the NHS staff and vulnerable in her area by baking her scrumptious treats
I’ve tried them and they are gorgeous!”

Valentine’s Day

At present Emily is getting set for Valentine’s Day by organising stickers and heart gifts bags for her valentine shortbread which she will be again gifting to NHS staff, neighbours and friends.

C Company Commander Major John Read said: “Emily is a shining example to all and hopefully she and the rest of our cadets will be returning to Face to Face training. We provide marvellous opportunities such as canoeing, mountain biking overseas expeditions, target shooting, football, map reading, first aid, field craft, gaining The Duke of Edinburgh Award, study for BTEC, IDEAS Award and the John Muir Environmental Award. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and would like to join and take up these activities in the Army Cadet Force please register your interest on