Lismore Base Hospital Auxillary President Diane Miller, Pauline Strong, and Rhonda Powell say the gift shop at the hospital has re-opened. Photo Cathy Adams/ The Northern Star
Lismore Base Hospital Auxillary President Diane Miller, Pauline Strong, and Rhonda Powell say the gift shop at the hospital has re-opened. Photo Cathy Adams/ The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Auxiliary celebrates a fantastic year

IT'S been a busy year for the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary, wrapping up with a hectic few weeks for them.

Not even the storm late last month which damaged the hospital could put them off their game - although it did throw a spanner in the works, Auxiliary president Diane Miller and member Pauline Strong said.

While the super cell storm which hit the hospital on November 29 put them out of business for a week without the public able to access their shop off the lobby, the hospital was "very accommodating" Mrs Strong said, setting them up Monday to Thursday this past week at the entrance to the Emergency Department.

Those four days in a prime location were very profitable, and made up for the week's trading lost, Mrs Miller said.

It was a good ending to a fantastic year.

This year the auxiliary has raised in excess of $80,000 to purchase equipment for the hospital.

At their most recent meeting, held on Thursday, the auxiliary passed the motion to purchase a $45,000 diagnostic digital tool for renal patients for the Hospital, which they were all very pleased about, Mrs Miller said.

The $45,000 incorporated $12,000 raised from the Fete and Bed Races, held on October 31, which was a successful and fun day, Mrs Miller said.

Now they're ramping up efforts in the lead up to Christmas, with their stall in the lobby of the hospital staying put from Monday until Tuesday of Christmas week.

In addition to their regular goodies for sale, they'll also have Christmas presents, jams and pickles, and homemade Christmas cooking on offer.

Yesterday the auxiliary drew their $500 cash Christmas Raffle, in which the winning ticket went to Tracey from East Lismore.

Looking forward to 2016, the Auxiliary is requesting assistance from anyone that may have 3-4 hours a week to spare to assist them in providing their trolley service to the patients in the hospital.

This service provides patients with access to daily newspapers and magazines, snacks and drinks, personal items and gift items.

The Auxiliary always has their arms open for new members.

"We really need all the help we can get," Mrs Strong said.

If anyone is able to volunteer or would like any information, contact Sue on 6628 4337.



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