Volunteers lend a helping hand

COFFS Harbour Health Campus volunteers have a new leadership team that's pledged to continue the group's proud volunteering history at the hospital.

After committee elections this week, Judy Clarke, Denise Thompson and Margaret Allen will share the co-ordinator's role and will be assisted by founding member Barbara Wilson as treasurer and Margaret Kelly as secretary.

Judy said the group, which has about 30 members, assists with general duties on wards, provides administrative support, collates information packs for patients and provides an enquiry desk service for visitors.

"Our volunteers come from all walks of life. We have teachers, office workers, managers, retired professionals, mums and dads, and people who are still working," Judy said.

"The group started at the old hospital about 20 years ago and continues to provide a service to the hospital which we think is pretty special, and we know is greatly appreciated.

"Two of our members - Shirley Hunter and Barbara Wilson - have been with the group since the start. It's a remarkable effort.

"We support staff in almost every area of the hospital, from the pre-admissions clinic to the medical ward."

VOLUNTEERS: Keryl Hoey, Linda Condi, Jeany Chang, Catherine McGroder and Sue Kelly with the new committee – secretary Margaret Kelly, co-ordinators Margaret Allen, Denise Thompson and Judy Clarke and outgoing co-ordinator Christine Edwards.
VOLUNTEERS: Keryl Hoey, Linda Condi, Jeany Chang, Catherine McGroder and Sue Kelly with the new committee – secretary Margaret Kelly, co-ordinators Margaret Allen, Denise Thompson and Judy Clarke and outgoing co-ordinator Christine Edwards.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus also receives volunteer support from The Silent Visitors in palliative care, Pastoral volunteers, the Red Cross Play Scheme in Paediatrics and the Pink Ladies.

"We are so lucky to have the support of so many good people who choose to spend their time helping our staff, our patients and their families," Hospital general manager Dr Theresa Beswick said.

"We greatly value our relationship with all of our volunteers and we are indebted to each and every one of them for their service and for their support."



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