Marie fills hos­pi­tal’s trans­port cot needs

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

FOR years, Grafton Mo­tor Group has been try­ing to raise money for a trans­porter cot for Grafton Base Hos­pi­tal, but it’s been a slow process.

That is, un­til 95-year-old Marie Pre­ston dis­cov­ered the cause and de­cided to do­nate a whop­ping $22,000 to bring them up to their goal of $30,000.

Grafton Mo­tor Group owner Michael An­stee said his grand­son was the rea­son he wanted to help the hos­pi­tal.

“He’s been down to visit a few times and we’ve had to call on the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“The care that he re­ceived was sen­sa­tional.”

Mr An­stee said they iden­ti­fied they had a need for more equip­ment, so they wanted to do some­thing.

But he was over the moon to find out they would re­ceive such a large do­na­tion.

“It was mov­ing slowly, we put in a bit to start with a cou­ple of our as­so­ciate busi­ness,” he said.

“It’s been slow go­ing, but then Marie heard about it through the news­pa­per and she con­tacted me and here we are, it’s enor­mous.”

The do­na­tion was handed to Our Kids, the fundrais­ing body for the North­ern Rivers base hos­pi­tals.

Re­bekka Bat­tista from Our Kids said the trans­port cot will help kids get home faster.

“(Marie) has gen­er­ously donated the rest of the funds so we can buy this cot,” she said.

“This means more ba­bies can stay in Grafton and we can bring them back home as soon as pos­si­ble.’

Wayne and Diana Jef­feries, Michael An­stee, Re­bekka Bat­tista from Our Kids and Marie Pre­ston, who donated $22,000.

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