SITTING PRETTY: Elaine Trustum (seated) enjoys the new hospital chair she raised money to buy for Casino. She is surrounded by after-hours nurse manager Renae Gapes, NCMC chairman John Seccombe, registered nurse Betty Bennett and Casino Hospital Auxiliary president Robyn Spruce.
SITTING PRETTY: Elaine Trustum (seated) enjoys the new hospital chair she raised money to buy for Casino. She is surrounded by after-hours nurse manager Renae Gapes, NCMC chairman John Seccombe, registered nurse Betty Bennett and Casino Hospital Auxiliary president Robyn Spruce. Samantha Elley

There’s a chair in there for patients

IT WAS a dream come true for Elaine Trustum.

The recently retired nurse from Casino & District Memorial Hospital had often said she would like to fundraise to buy a specially designed chair for many of their patients.

"We have never had nice chairs for people to sit in," she said.

"I always thought that this is what I wanted to do when I retired."

True to her word, Ms Trustum held a Valentine's night function at Greenridge Hall where many local businesses supported her with gifts and donations to be raffled and auctioned off.

The Northern Co-operative Meat Company (NCMC) boosted the tally with a large donation of $1400 which got them over the line to buy the chair and have enough left over for the hospital auxiliary to buy a small fridge for one of the wards.

Ms Trustum said the chair will be used for terminally ill patients, the elderly and large patients that need to have comfortable seating.

The chair is also a tilt bed with air pressure comfort with multi-adjustable seating and sleeping positions and easy side patient transfer.

"It's so kind and generous of Elaine as the chair is a huge asset to the ward," wardsman Reno Cauz said.

"It just shows her personality."



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