The Port Macquarie Pink Ladies have purchased two wheelchairs to help patients and visitors with mobility issues move around Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
The volunteers’ donation is the latest in a long list of equipment donated to the hospital as a result of community support for the Pink Ladies’ fundraisers.
The wheelchairs, which cost $4500, will assist the hospital with its wheelchair lending program, which needs to replace equipment as it ages.
Pink Ladies President Gabby Gregory said the gift followed a successful 2015-16 financial year for the volunteers who donated more than $8870 in equipment to the hospital as well as an astounding 18,606 volunteer hours.
“Our volunteers all love being at the hospital helping patients and staff,” Mrs Gregory said.
“They always have a smile on their face and a kind word to say to those who need it.
“In my opinion, our Pink Ladies are absolutely invaluable. They are caring, happy and friendly people who are willing to donate their time to help others.”
The Pink Ladies support staff in almost all areas of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit, Day Surgery, Paediatrics, the Hydrotherapy Pool, Renal and the Fracture Clinic. Their ‘meet and greet’ service in the front foyer assists visitors with directions around the hospital and their pink buggy means visitors can access a courtesy drop-off service from anywhere in the car park.
The volunteers raise funds through two major raffles each year – a Mother’s Day raffle and their upcoming Christmas raffle, for which tickets will go on sale weekday mornings at the hospital from 7 November to 7 December.