Auxiliarys first lady calls it a day

Outgoing president of the Blue and White Auxiliary, Joyce Cleaver (left) and treasurer Rosemary Davis (centre) present one of the clock radios to St Vincents Hospital Palliative Care Unit nurse unit manager, Loretta Hill.

Joyce Cleaver recently attended her last official function as president of the Blue and White Auxiliary, a role she had held for 16 years.

Since the Auxiliary began in 1988, they have raised a phenomenal $209,000 for the Palliative Care Unit at St Vincents Hospital.

The latest presentation Joyce made was nine radio/CD players, one for each bed in the unit, which is part of $15,000 worth of equipment the Auxiliary has already purchased this year.

Equipment has also been purchased for use in the community to allow people to be cared for at home if they choose to do so, said Palliative Care Unit nurse unit manager, Loretta Hill. This is an exceptional effort from a small group of dedicated, hard working and enthusiastic women.

While Joyce is stepping down as president, she wont be leaving altogether, instead taking on the role of publicity officer.

I have loved my time as president its been a thoroughly enjoyable experience, said Joyce. It does take time and effort and I could not have done it without the help and co-operation of the members. Theyve always been willing to help and nothing has ever been too much trouble.

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