Auxiliary reports

Mudgee Hospital Auxiliary has acknowledged the local community for their continued support after more than $28,000 was donated to the group during 2012 and 2013.

From the Auxiliary’s gift shop and two major raffles more than $12,600 was raised during the past financial year. The Auxiliary also received $15,880 in community and individual donations.

At their annual general meeting on Wednesday, the Auxiliary announced $7705 in medical and other equipment had been provided to Mudgee Hospital during 2012 and 2013. More than $13,600 in equipment is also promised for allocation in the near future.

Auxiliary president, Glenys Goodfellow, told the meeting everybody deserved a “hearty slap on the back” after a “successful and satisfying year”.

“Our gift shop – thanks to the very brilliant and crafty ladies who keep us fully stocked at all times with their wares – and the volunteers who work at the shop have once again excelled,” Mrs Goodfellow said.

“Two street stalls during the year have helped boost our income as has our usual two major raffles and the outstanding donations from the community has made the final result brighter than we first thought at the beginning of this financial year.

“This enabled huge amounts of money to be poured in to our hospital, purchasing equipment we could only imagine being able to, and this is a very good thing.”

Health Services manager Judith Ford said she was proud of the Auxiliary’s efforts and a great example of the equipment funded included a new slit lamp for Mudgee Hospital. The lamp will help Hospital staff provide a proper examination of patients’ eyes.

The AGM’s guest speaker was Father Garry McKeown who talked about memories from his early child, particularly growing up in Coonamble and then working his way through the seminary.

The Mudgee Hospital Auxiliary also announced its new committee for 2013 and 2014.

The respective roles are as follows: Glenys Goodfellow (president), Sandra Naismith (first vice-president), Margaret Podmore (second vice-president), Esther Burns (secretary), Jan Bransgrove (assistant secretary), Ella Gaffney (treasurer), Rose Muscat (assistant treasurer), Marion Cowell (publicity officer), and patrons are Hugh Bateman and Daphne Redington.

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