two men standing and three women seated on a sofa bed

WDMH Executive Officer Wayne Southern, Senior Medical Officer Dr Will Kennett, Nursing Unit Manager Mary Trotter and Hastings Home Hospice volunteers Marita Crighton and Lillian Andrews in the new carers’ room, featuring a comfy sofa bed and other furniture donated by the home-grown charity.

Hastings Home Hospice donates $4000 in support of carers

Feb 01, 2024

The recently opened carers’ room at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit has a comfortable look and feel to it thanks to a small group of volunteers dedicated to supporting seriously ill patients and their families.

Hastings Home Hospice has donated $4000 worth of furniture and furnishings to the Palliative Care Unit to make the space – a bedroom/sitting area and ensuite – more homely.

Nurse unit Manager Mary Trotter said palliative care patients and their families would benefit enormously from the generous donation, made by a very small, hardworking group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the seriously ill.

“Hastings Home Hospice has supported palliative care patients for as long as I can remember,” Ms Trotter said.

“I can’t begin to thank these beautiful volunteers for their kindness and generosity, which makes such a big different to patients receiving end-of-life care and their families.”

President Lillian Andrews and Vie-president Marita Crighton, both long-time members of the 34-year-old local charity, were quick to pay tribute to the local community for supporting their fundraising initiatives which make such donations possible.

“We are very appreciative of those who support our trading tables at Settlement City, and other community groups who support us, such as the Bonny Hills CWA, Kendall Op Shop, Lions, and Timeless Quilters, people supported by the palliative care service who have borrowed our equipment and then donate, and those who donate in lieu of flowers. It is this community support that enables us to do what we do – support seriously ill patients and their families.”

Hastings Home Hospice is a support group, formed in 1989, that has since raised many thousands of dollars for medical equipment and comfort items in the Palliative Care Unit or for loan equipment to help seriously ill patients stay in their own home, supported by family.

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