Noel Seaton of Woodenbong helped draw the raffle with the aid of Auxiliary volunteers Priscilla Beardow and Pauline Strong.
Noel Seaton of Woodenbong helped draw the raffle with the aid of Auxiliary volunteers Priscilla Beardow and Pauline Strong. Marnie Johnston

Auxiliary celebrates Xmas after raising $101k for hospital

ONE Lismore woman is $500 richer just in time for Christmas thanks to the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Raffle.

The raffle was drawn on Friday December 9, wrapping up a big year of fundraising for the Auxiliary volunteers.

Narelle from Lismore was the lucky person with the winning ticket.

Noel Seaton of Woodenbong helped draw the raffle with the aid of Auxiliary volunteers Pauline Strong and Priscilla Beardow.

The raffle raised about $2400, which will all go towards the Auxiliary's work in raising money to purchase much-needed equipment for the hospital.

Last financial year the Auxiliary donated in excess of $101,000 to the hospital, Mrs Strong said.

With just a small band of volunteers, that's a pretty amazing effort.

Their recent goal was to purchase a Mindray, an ultra-sound device used by the Anaesthetists for Regional blocks and vascular identification, and they've received raised the $55,000 they will need to purchase that, Mrs Strong said.

This Mindray is an essential piece of equipment as they allow direct visualisation of the needles for the placement of local anaesthetic in Regional Anaesthetic and Analgesia, she said, and are also invaluable for patients with difficult vascular access for identifying veins and arteries.

Now that they have the funds, they will be able to purchase the Mindray in the new year, before setting a new goal.

"We're looking forward to something else next year," Mrs Strong said.

"It's been a lot of hard work but it's been a good year," Mrs Beardow said.

"We just like to take this opportunity to thank the people who aren't necessarily members of the Auxiliary, but do a lot of craft work at home and donate it all," Mrs Strong said.

During the week leading up to Christmas, from December 17, the Auxiliary will have their stall in the foyer of the hospital every day, selling their usual gifts as well as special Christmas goodies.

After December 23 the Auxiliary goes into recess until Monday January 30, providing a much-deserved break for their hard-working volunteers.



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