Windfall for Lismore Hospital Auxiliary

Rita Richards, president of the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary, with Val and Max Millar, general manager, of the Lismore Seventh Day Adventist Op Shop.
Rita Richards, president of the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary, with Val and Max Millar, general manager, of the Lismore Seventh Day Adventist Op Shop. Marnie Johnston

LISMORE Base Hospital Auxiliary has capped off a tremendous fundraising year by accepting a cheque for $6733 from the Lismore Seventh Day Adventist Op Shop.

Auxiliary president Rita Richards was overjoyed to receive the donation.

"We're very, very appreciative of this wonderful donation, it's magnificent to have this support," she said.

Op shop general manager Max Millar said the team at the church's shop was pleased to be able to support the auxiliary.

"I've been in the hospital a good number of times myself and I've received excellent service and I felt like the hospital deserved something," he said.

The op shop regularly donates to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, St Vincent's Palliative Care and the Ballina's women's refuge, he said.

"There's no better institution to support than the hospital - those nurses are run off their feet," Mr Millar said, adding he'd like this support to become a regular thing.

The $6733 will go towards a special chair, valued at $2698, and a Hi Lo Bed, valued at $4045.

"We're always mindful of improving the well-being of the patients - the comfort and the welfare of the patients (is important to us)," Mrs Richards said.

Last week the auxiliary handed over the money they'd raised for Lismore Base Hospital over the last 12 months - an amazing $77,198, topping the incredible $62,967 they raised the previous year.

Each financial year, Mrs Richards explained, Lismore Base Hospital handed over a wish list to the auxiliary of items they would like to purchase for the hospital and the auxiliary raises the money to purchase them.

The auxiliary raises funds through its gift shop, main foyer stalls, trolley and functions (such as a high tea coming up in September).

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