Five ladies standing side by side and smiling

Incoming Executive members Sue Eastment, Lexie Francis, Lizzie Bennett and Patsy Green with North Eastern Regional Representative Dee Hunter.

Hospital volunteers making a difference for Dorrigo patients

Jul 24, 2023

The Dorrigo branch of the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW has reflected on a successful year of fundraising for hospital equipment and thanked the local community for its support.

The volunteer group donated a Hi Lo adjustable bed and four electric recliner chairs worth $12,029 to Dorrigo Multi Purpose Service (MPS) in the past financial year.

At its recent annual general meeting, President Lizzie Bennett thanked the committee for its fundraising efforts throughout the year which included street stalls, raffles, an Easter market, soup kitchen and an open garden event.

“It’s through your generosity, time and giving that we were fortunate enough to purchase items for the MPS,” she said.

“We are the fabulous 27 members, strong and achieving wonderful things.”

Dorrigo MPS Nurse Manager Lynn Forsyth attended the AGM and praised volunteers for their hard work and ongoing support.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “The equipment that you bought us this year has made a huge difference and improved the dignity of our residents.”

Lizzie Bennett will serve a second term as the group’s President, Patsy Green has taken on the Vice-President’s role, Sue Eastment is Secretary, Libby Ussher is Assistant Secretary and Lexie Francis Treasurer.

Nita McKnight, who joined the Dorrigo branch in 1957, will continue as the branch patron.

North Eastern Regional Representative Dee Hunter said the branch had gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months.

“We were a bit shaky last year but it’s lovely to see people fill the breach and old friends still here,” she said.

Mrs Hunter congratulated Sandra McGuire, Nita McKnight and Audrey Woodland on receiving a Rotary community service award in recognition of outstanding service to the UHA Dorrigo branch and the community of Dorrigo.

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