Auxiliary volunteers thanked

DEDICATED: June Bullock, Maureen Miller, Ruby Blyth and Mary Deverell, who volunteer with different auxiliaries around Tasmania, at Clarendon House in Nile.

DEDICATED: June Bullock, Maureen Miller, Ruby Blyth and Mary Deverell, who volunteer with different auxiliaries around Tasmania, at Clarendon House in Nile.

Tasmanian hospital auxiliary volunteers were thanked for their commitment at Clarendon House in Nile on Wednesday. 

Seventy-five volunteers from auxiliaries spanning from Flinders Island to Hobart were treated to a lunch by the Tasmanian Health Service, to thank them for their support of Tasmanian hospitals and health care facilities. 

Tasmanian Health Service chief operating officer Wendy Rowell praised their dedication.

“The auxiliaries raise close to a million dollars each year to support our facilities,” Ms Rowell said. 

“The challenge is to continue to recruit new members to each group.”

Some of the guests had been involved in the auxiliaries for decades – Maureen Miller, of the Southern Council of Hospital Auxiliaries, had been a member since 1953. Some auxiliaries have been operating for more than 80 years. 

The auxiliaries, run by volunteers from around Tasmania, support hospitals in purchasing equipment.

Auxiliaries have provided hospitals equipment including infant resuscitation equipment and palliative care equipment.

There are 32 auxiliaries and about 400 volunteers supporting hospitals across Tasmania.

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