Bowling for palliative care
For the past 48 years, the Lismore Motor and Allied Trades Charity Bowls Day has been raising money for charity. For the last six years, the charity of choice has been palliative care services, and this year the money raised was donated to the St Vincent’s Hospital Palliative Care Community Service.
Paul Campbell, president of the Charity Bowls Day said everyone involved was glad to help raise the money, especially for palliative care.
“We are all touched by people in our lives who dying,” Mr Campbell said. “When we approached businesses to donate prizes which we auctioned on the day, everyone was eager to give when they heard what the charity was and we raised more money than ever before.”
Jo Cooper, clinical nurse consultant with St Vincent’s Hospital Palliative Care Community Service was presented with a cheque for $2500 at the East Lismore Bowling Club this week. Ms Cooper said the money would be spent on providing people with medication and equipment such as slings, pressure mattresses and appropriate beds for their homes while they were being cared for.
“By the time people come to palliative care, they have been though the mill,” Ms Cooper said. “They and their carers are financially and emotionally devastated and our services bring a relief for them.
“We have 150 patients in our care at any time. Palliative care is not just for cancer patients but for people with chronic illnesses as well.”
Ms Cooper said because quality palliative care services were available in the Northern Rivers, a higher percentage (30%) of people chose to die at home rather than in palliative care units or a hospital – more than in other areas of NSW.