Four women outside a palliative care unit

Wauchope District Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Nurse Unit Manager Mary Trotter, Raelene Monkley, Linley Trotter and Rhonda Logan.

Morning tea for a dear friend raises $1,600

Jul 08, 2024

Friends came together, twice, in remembrance of someone dear to raise funds for Wauchope District Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.

Two morning tea events saw dozens of friends remember Cheryl Hoole who loved craft and gardening and volunteered to help people enjoy these activities.

Wauchope locals Raelene and Jake Monkley held a morning tea at their home in May which grew from a few people to 35 thanks to the bush telegraph. 

“We just put a few feelers out, and then people bought their friends, it was a beautiful day,” Raelene said.

“We had so much food, I plated it up and asked Jake to take them to shops and businesses to sell for five dollars a plate.”

The friends donated the funds to the Palliative Care Unit of Wauchope District Hospital. The donation was made in honour of Cheryl who spent time in the care of the wonderful staff at the Palliative Care Unit. 

The morning tea raised $1,000 which was used to buy fans.

“When our patients feel short of breath, fans help by relieving symptoms,” said Palliative Care Nurse Unit Manager Mary Trotter.

“A cool breeze from a hand-held fan provides relief from breathlessness. Our patients can’t hold a fan for long, so table fans will help. We are very grateful for the donation.”

Raelene thanked local businesses Red Shed Hire for providing an urn free of charge, Bells Furniture One for donating raffle prizes and Slade’s Refrigeration for donating cakes and cheesecakes. And thanks also to the businesses who purchased the morning tea plates to raise further funds and ensure there were no leftovers!

Residents of Bundaleer Gardens Village also held a morning tea in memory of Cheryl, raising a further $600 for the Palliative Care Unit.

Organiser Denise Pool said Cheryl was chair of the Bundaleer Garden Club and spent many hours looking after the gardens and raising funds. There is a garden named in her honour at the residential village.

“She was a wonderfully generous lady and we miss her,” said Denise.

Four people outside a hospital. One is presenting a cheque.

In memory of Cheryl: Chair and secretary of the Bundaleer Residents Committee, Denise and Bill Poole (centre), present a cheque in memory of a friend and fellow resident to Wauchope Palliative Care Nurse Unit Manager Mary Trotter (left) and Registered Nurse Emma Kneipp.

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