Auxiliary delivers $63,000 boost for Lismore Base Hospital

MEMBER DRIVE: Betty Green, and Robyn Castle, Volunteers from Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary are looking for new members.
MEMBER DRIVE: Betty Green, and Robyn Castle, Volunteers from Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary are looking for new members. Doug Eaton

LAST year the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary donated $63,000 in equipment to the hospital.

With just 20 members, that's an amazing feat.

The Auxiliary run a gift shop in the hospital lobby on weekdays, a trolley service through the facility three days a week, and a stall on Thursdays in order to donate to the hospital, secretary Sue Havilah said.

"Every penny that we raise is spent on the Base Hospital," Mrs Havilah said.

And while they had a great year last year, they could do even better with more members, she explained.

"We all enjoy what we do, that's why we do it," she said.

"A lot of people don't realize how satisfying it is to do something for others - you don't know until you do it."

You don't have to love knitting or crocheting to get involved - there's many jobs available for people who want to help.

If you want to donate materials like wool for them to use, you're more than welcome to do so, Mrs Havilah said.

"There's all those sorts of things people can do to help," Mrs Havilah said.

For example, you could get on down to the Lismore Carboot Market on the first Sunday in May, where the Auxiliary will have a stall selling goods and it will be Charity of the Day.

"It's a week before Mother's Day so people can come and buy Mother's Day gifts from us," she said.

Or you could take the leap and join the group.

"Everyone's welcome - we're always looking for like-minded people," Mrs Havilah said.

"It's a great way to have some fun while working for the benefit of others."

Pauline Strong joined the Auxiliary last June, and said she loved to dedicate her time to it.

She knits pieces to be sold in the gift shop, and soon she'll be working the trolley.

However, she explained, the trolley only ran three days a week (selling things like newspapers, toiletries, snacks and drinks to patients throughout the wards) as there weren't enough volunteers to run it more often.

To get involved with, or donate to, the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary, phone Sue on 6628 4337.

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