Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS are the back­bone of the com­mu­nity, and none more so than the self­less group of men and woman who do­nate their time to Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

But age and nat­u­ral at­tri­tion have taken their toll, and the stead­fast group is now in need of a few more will­ing hands to bol­ster their dwin­dling num­bers.

Vol­un­teer ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Yvonne Dick­e­son said there were two ar­eas at the hos­pi­tal where vol­un­teers were es­sen­tial.

“The first is the pa­tient trans­port area, which is a free com­mu­nity ser­vice,” Mrs Dick­e­son said.

“It’s for peo­ple who need to go to spe­cific med­i­cal ap­point­ments or to the hos­pi­tal. We have a bus to take pa­tients from home and back again. We need driv­ers and es­corts on the 12-seater bus. The hours are from 6am to about 1.30pm.”

The other vol­un­teer area is the kiosk, which raises funds for hos­pi­tal equip­ment.

“We train vol­un­teers so no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary,” Mrs Dick­e­son said. ”There’s the cash reg­is­ter and also stock­ing. The two shifts are from 8am-1pm and 1-6pm.”

To vol­un­teer call 8759 3127 or email yvonne.dick­e­

Vol­un­teer Kath­leen O’Sul­li­van with pa­tient trans­port driver Jim Carter.

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