Two women with a ventilator.

Pink Silks Perpetual Trust Chair, and co-founder, Tanya Johnson OAM and Intensive Care’s Nurse Unit Manager Keryn Chauncy with the $67,171 ventilator.

Pink Silks Trust delivers $67,171 gift of life to Coffs hospital

Sep 20, 2023

The generosity of the Coffs Coast community in supporting one of its favourite charities, Pink Silks Trust, has resulted in a portable life-support unit being donated to Coffs Harbour Health Campus (CHHC).

The ventilator, which cost $67,171, will help doctors and nurses care for critically ill patients who have transferred to CHHC Theatres/Intensive Care departments from smaller hospitals at Bellingen, Macksville and Dorrigo.

Acting Nurse Unit Manager Keryn Chauncy said the portable ventilator was a game-changer for the department.

“This device can be taken anywhere with an unconscious patient, including to Medical Imaging and Theatre. Being MRI compatible as well, the device significantly reduces the imaging procedure and, therefore, the time the patient is away from the ICU/ED,” Ms Chauncy said.

“The faster the diagnosis, the quicker treatment starts, which is critically important for the patient.

“We cannot begin to thank the Pink Silks Trust enough for their support.”

Pink Silks Perpetual Trust Chair and co-founder, Tanya Johnson OAM, said the significant donation was only possible due to the shared efforts of local businesses, Pink Silks Committee members and the Coffs Harbour community.

“Events such as our Pink Silks Race Day every January, our High Tea at Latitude 30 Restaurant, and our upcoming golf day bring the community together in a massive show of support for local women undergoing challenging times due to illness,” Ms Johnson said.

“Sixteen years after launching the Pink Silks Trust, the proudly home-grown charity has donated more than $1.2 million to support women who need our help.”

The next two fundraising events are Pink Silks Trust Golf Day on Friday 12 January 2024 and Pink Silks Trust Ladies Charity Race Day on Sunday 14 January 2024.

To be involved with Pink Silks and the work it does locally, check the Trust’s website for contact details or through their socials.

To be a beneficiary for funds and increase the awareness of specific work with women in the local area, contact the Trust through the website or social media.

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