Freemasons mobilise for Bellinger River District Hospital

Bellinger River District Hospital has three new lightweight wheelchairs thanks to Freemasons from Lodge The Raleigh at Fernmount and the Freemasons’ NSW/ACT charity, Masonicare.

The donation, valued at more than $2000, is part of a state-wide Masonicare initiative to donate wheelchairs to public hospitals in rural and regional NSW. The cost of the chairs is shared, dollar-for-dollar, with participating Masonic Lodges.

Lodge The Raleigh spokesman John Bertram said the Freemasons were delighted to help Bellinger River District Hospital.

“It’s been our great pleasure to support a rural community through its public hospital,” Mr Bertram said.

Also present for the handover was Freemasons NSW Deputy Grand Master and Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser.

The wheelchairs are a welcome addition to the hospital, said Occupational Therapist Jennifer Doust.

“This donation is such a practical gift to our hospital,” Ms Doust said.

“They are light and easy to manoeuvre. They really are an essential piece of equipment for our patients who have limited mobility due to falls, injuries or illness.

“We can’t thank the Freemasons enough for their support. It really does make a difference to our patients and to their carers.”

The wheelchairs are easily identifiable with the hospital’s name, Masonicare and Freemasons NSW/ACT emblazoned across the back. The branding will also help the hospital retain its wheelchair stocks.