A group of six people, dressed in formal clothing, in a garden gala event.

A glamourous and generous night was enjoyed by all at the Bellingen District Hospital gala.

Belle of the ball was Bellinger River District Hospital

Mar 25, 2024

The Bellinger River District Hospital is celebrating the resounding success of its 120th anniversary gala event held last weekend. It has raised a staggering $11,500 thanks to the generosity of local business donations of prizes.

It was an elegant evening featuring guests in stunning attire, gourmet canapés and live entertainment bringing the community together to reminisce about the invaluable service the hospital has provided since 1903.

Bellinger River District Hospital Executive Officer Lisa Slater said the support of the community, staff and local businesses led to such an outstanding result for the hospital’s fundraising efforts.

“Not only was it a chance for us to reflect on 120 years of history, but it has again shown us the power of care, compassion and collaboration within the Bellingen community,” Lisa said.

“We were astounded at the amount of money raised on the night. The funds will make a significant impact enabling the purchase of equipment and enhancing patient care, directly benefiting the health and well-being of the community.”

Several people were thanked for their tireless work promoting and supporting the event and the hospital throughout the years. These included volunteer organiser Pauline Murphy, the United Hospital Auxiliary, hospital staff, doctor Trevor Cheney and Chantel Baker.

“It was a great team effort that showcased our history, I’d just like to thank everyone for their generosity. We are forever grateful for the community support we receive not just from this event, but every day.”

Thanks to the following businesses who donated prizes:

Art Space Urunga, Affirmations Publishing House, Alchemy, Anchors Wharf, Artist Rhonda Mair, Awl Leather Baby Jane, Bellingen Auto Electrical, Bellingen Automotive, Bellingen Barber Shop, Bellingen Bounty, Bellingen Hospital and Pink Auxiliary (UHA) – Bellingen IGA, Bellingen Kitchen Shop, Bellingen Law, Bellingen Lions Club, Bellingen Newsagency, Bellingen Pharmacy, Bellingen Pet and Vet Supplies, Bellingen Post Office, Bellingen Potters Collective, Bellingen Red Cross, Bellingen RSL Golf Club, Bel’s Boheme Urunga, Bellinger Health Action Group, Boardwalk Café, Brad’s Urunga, Barbershop, Cargo Lane, Cardow and Partners Property, Cedar Bar, Celebrations Bottle Shop, C.ex Group, Chair in There, Chanel, Charlie’s at Church, Club Urunga, Coastal Harvest, Cutz Both Ways, Diggers Tavern, Evermoore Castle, Faerie Shoppe, Federal Hotel, Gallery and Framing Studio, Habitat Indoor Nursery, Hair with Flair, Hearthfire Hyde Café, Hyde and Sip, Jewellers Urunga, KO Auto, Kombu, Liberty Providores Urunga Lilou Blue Design, Meraki Hair, Nails and Beauty, Moin-Morris Schaefer Solicitors, No. 5 Church Street, Norco, Oceanview Hotel Urunga, Open Home Online, Osteria Fiume, Patsy’s, Planet Lighting, Pomegranate Café Urunga, Poppy and Rose Beauty Co., Rapport Beauty Therapy, Ritual Chai, RJ’s Mens, Boys and Ladies Wear, Rose Gum Timber, Silver Mill, Swis s Patisserie, Skin Wizardry, The Beauty Spot, The Florist, Bellingen, The Honey Place, The Woodcraft Gallery, The Yellow Shed, Thorn’s Gourmet Meats and Smokehouse, Trippas White Group, Urunga Cellars, Urunga Post Office, Urunga Pharmacy, Urunga Seafood and Takeaway, Valley Quality Meats, Vivid, Weave.

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