Am­bu­lance cen­tre vol­un­teers lauded

Albany Extra - - News - Talitha Wolfe

Walpole has been named the best am­bu­lance sub cen­tre in the State at the St John Am­bu­lance WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards last month.

The cen­tre, which boasts a 60- year his­tory high of 27 reg­is­tered vol­un­teers, was the first re­gional lo­ca­tion to op­er­ate a trans­port ser­vice for its com­mu­nity.

Op­er­at­ing three days a week, the Walpole -Nor­nalup Com­mu­nity Trans­port Ser­vice opened in March and as­sists com­mu­nity mem­bers to at­tend ap­point­ments in Den­mark and Albany.

By pur­chas­ing a ve­hi­cle and pro­vid­ing fund­ing to cover the costs of run­ning the ser­vice, St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern said vol­un­teers pro­vided sig­nif­i­cant sup­port to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The com­mit­tee recog­nised that with the with­drawal of a pa­tient trans­port ser­vice by Silver Chain — many mem­bers of their com­mu­nity had no way to ac­cess med­i­cal ser­vices in Den­mark and Albany,” he said. “The Walpole sub cen­tre has shown great ini­tia­tive and a deep con­sid­er­a­tion for their com­mu­nity mem­bers in their de­ter­mi­na­tion to make the ser­vice op­er­a­tional.

“They have pro-ac­tively driven this project with a re­spect­ful de­ter­mi­na­tion, which has re­sulted in 11 new vol­un­teers and a won­der­ful pa­tient trans­port ser­vice.”

The award was pre­sented at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Au­gust 24.

Walpole Sub Cen­tre mem­bers Kaye Hall, Rus­sell Hill, Gra­ham Harn­well, Den­nis Hall, Kelly Bur­ton, Harold Lux­ton and Kath Broad­bent ac­cepted the sub cen­tre of the year award from St John Am­bu­lance WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern at the St John Am­bu­lance WA Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards last month.

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