Big year for hospital volunteers

The committee and St John of God Hospital Berwick Auxiliary members. 187998_02.

By Jessica Anstice

St John of God Hospital Auxiliary finished a successful year with their annual luncheon on Wednesday, 28 November.

The luncheon was held at Akoonah Park Centre with more than 120 people in attendance.

Auxiliary group president Trish Nicholson welcomed guests and thanked everyone for the support of the hospital.

She also acknowledged the donations of vouchers and gifts as prizes for the raffles.

Five hospital carers attended including director of mission Rhonda O’Connor.

Special guest, director of maternity and clinical redevelopment manager Allison Merrigan gave a talk on the update of the hospital, starting since the hospital opened 705 babies have been born including 21 babies in two days.

“There are over 100 volunteers who meet and greet patients, assisting them to find their way around the hospital,” Ms Merrigan said.

A lovely thoughtful deed has been set up to assist patients in Palliative Care called Dream a Little Dream, a project where the patient can indulge in a little pampering such as reflexology, a manicure, make up or a massage.

Around $1200 was raised at the luncheon.

Anyone looking to join the auxiliary can contact Anne Crockett on 9707 3425.

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