HOPE BEARS: Dr Jay Ruthnam, Frances Robinson and Andrew Fraser with one of the Hope Bears given out to cancer patients.
HOPE BEARS: Dr Jay Ruthnam, Frances Robinson and Andrew Fraser with one of the Hope Bears given out to cancer patients. Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Frances rewarded for her efforts

FRANCES Robinson has shared hope with many people since beginning a charity in her Sandy Beach garage and earlier this month she was recognised for her hard work.

Last week she was presented with NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award nomination certificate by Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Hope Bears Charity co-patron Dr Jay Ruthnam.

“She does a lot of work,” Mr Fraser said.

“She has set up something like 30 branches with more on the way.”

The hand-knitted Hope Bears are given out to cancer patients. The bears are lovingly made by 6749 volunteers to show that everyone has someone that cares for them.

The NSW Seniors Week Achievement Awards are a prestigious recognition of seniors for their contribution to the community, their leadership and their initiative.

The awards provide an opportunity to formally thank older people for the contributions that they make to the quality of life in the State.



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