Aux­il­iary out­does it­self with $21k gift

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A STAG­GER­ING $21,000 has been do­nated to Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice (REDHS) thanks to the Rochester Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary and the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Mau­reen Leahy and REDHS staff es­ti­mate this is the high­est amount do­nated by the aux­il­iary to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mrs Leahy said the land­mark dona­tion had been thanks to do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity through events or­gan­ised by the aux­il­iary.

‘‘It’s mar­vel­lous to think we’ve been able to do­nate that much from our events. This year was higher as we have been able to in­clude pro­ceeds from the Debu­tante Ball in our con­tri­bu­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘Our chal­lenge is to have events that are of in­ter­est to the com­mu­nity but we have been well sup­ported.

‘‘And it was re­ally great money from the Easter egg raf­fle ($1160), which is just ter­rific for a raf­fle.’’

Mau­reen thanked those who had do­nated items to be raf­fled and peo­ple who bought tick­ets, at­tended events and helped or­gan­ise events.

For the REDHS team, the money will be di­vided be­tween the acute care ward, the gym and the So­cial Sup­port Group af­ter staff con­sul­ta­tions.

REDHS di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal ser­vices Mark Nally said feed­back and con­sul­ta­tion had been vi­tal for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure they could di­rect fund­ing to where it’s needed.

‘‘The fundrais­ing rep­re­sents an out­stand­ing ef­fort on the aux­il­iary’s be­half and I can’t say enough for them,’’ he said.

‘‘We ex­tend our thanks, from the board, our chief ex­ec­u­tive Anne McEvoy, my­self and also the peo­ple who are work­ing at pa­tients’ bed­sides.

‘‘It’s a re­sound­ing thank you from ev­ery­one at REDHS.’’

The dona­tion will help fund a mi­nor re­fur­bish­ment for pal­lia­tive care, with a space for fam­i­lies to rest while vis­it­ing rel­a­tives.

‘‘When peo­ple come in, we ask what is im­por­tant to them, and they said ‘that I’m com­fort­able and my fam­ily is com­fort­able’, and so we’re mak­ing sure we’re tak­ing the pres­sure off fam­i­lies who are sup­port­ing a pa­tient,’’ he said.

Mr Nally said the pur­chase of col­lapsi­ble gym rails will also al­low for greater re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for pa­tients and be­ing col­lapsi­ble, al­low for a bet­ter use of space.

The pur­chase of out­door fur­ni­ture for the So­cial Sup­port Group also al­lows for more com­mu­nity mem­bers to get out and about and in­ter­act with oth­ers.

■ Chris White, Rochester Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary trea­surer Kath Bubb, Rochester Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Mau­reen Leahy, REDHS di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal ser­vices Mark Nally, REDHS al­lied health team leader Su­san­nah Har­g­reaves and REDHS so­cial sup­port group’s Ann-Ma­ree Hewlett.

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