Hospital Auxiliary welcomes their regional representative

Members of the Cobar Hospital Auxiliary committee Enid Coath, Louise Deppeler, Beryl Martin, Phyllis Budd, Barbara Bartlett, Heather Collins, Merredene Cantwell, Sharon Harland, Marie Black and Nita Holt welcomed United Hospitals Auxiliary regional representative Robyn Jones (at centre) from Gulgong to their annual general meeting at the Cobar Hospital on Monday.

The executive of the Cobar Hospital Auxiliary committee remains relatively unchanged for the year ahead following the group’s annual general meeting at the Cobar Hospital on Monday.

Sharon Harland was returned to the president’s chair along with the group’s long serving secretary Beryl Martin and treasurer Barbara Bartlett.

Merredene Cantwell is the group’s new vice president, Heather Collins was elected as a new assistant secretary/treasurer and Phyllis Budd was bestowed with the title of the group’s patron.

A special guest at Monday’s meeting was the  United Hospitals Auxiliary (UHA) Zone 1 regional representative, Robyn Jones from Gulgong.

In her 2018/2019 president’s report to the meeting, Mrs Harland outlined the items the group had purchased for the hospital over the past year which included: a bariatric recliner chair ($1,426); a bariatric shower chair ($1,090); a TV ($99); and a suitcase ($116) for the Community Health nurse to transport equipment for her home visits.

“Our committee has been very fortunate this past year to have received a number of generous donations including $2,000 from the
COHOES Mini Masters football day in July last year and also $500 from the Cobar Fergies Club to help purchase these items,” Mrs Harland said.

“We’ve also carried out some fundraising with a Father’s Day raffle, our annual Melbourne Cup Day sweep; and a 100 Club raffle.

“While the new health service (which is expected to be opened early next year) will have ‘all the bells and whistles’ when it’s completed, it’s expected there will still be some items needed for patients’ comfort and the staff’s convenience and so we will continue with our fundraising efforts towards that purpose,” Mrs Harland said.