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The attached photo shows Lilian Young, the oldest mother present. Image: Contributed

Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary – “our oldest mum”

The Mothers’ Day Morning tea held recently by the Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary was very successful with one hundred people in attendance.

President Sandra Bradbury welcomed everyone with special mention of Dan Madden, the general manager of Maclean and Grafton Hospitals, Sharon Wright, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, and Vicki Gulaptis, representing husband Chris MP. Among other organisations represented were Whidden Nursing Home, Maclean Seniors and Grafton UHA.

While waiting for morning tea to be served, the audience was entertained by a group of ukulele players performing some well known toe-tapping melodies.

When Mr Madden was invited to speak, he praised the work of the auxiliary, commenting that government funding always falls short of what is needed. He said that the rehabilitation unit is of international standard and makes the hospital special. The Emergency Department is being improved and the new helipad is well on the way. A Community Advisory Group has been formed and interested members of the public are invited to join it and offer their opinions on matters concerning the hospital. Ring Dan Madden at the hospital if interested in joining.

Sharon Wright also spoke saying that she has been here for only twelve months but is enjoying it very much. The Maclean nurses have proved to be top class in assessments by patients and every day they appreciate the equipment provided by the auxiliary.

A gift was awarded to the oldest mother present who was Lilian Young aged 96.

Lots people were happy to win tombolas, lucky door prizes and spot raffles. The major raffle was drawn and the first prize was won by Joyce Cowen (ticket 99826). Second went to Susan Ong (99843) and third was Marjorie Grimer (99910).

The treasurer reported that a total of $3008 was raised which will go towards the purchase of a new ultrasound machine. The full cost is $148,000 and just over $70,000 has been raised so far. In late February it was decided to have a donations tin at functions and this contained $256.

In conclusion, President Sandra thanked the Maclean Services Club including Penny and her staff. As usual, Rita produced lovely table decorations and she wishes to thank Denise Collier and Evelyn Newcombe who were a great help to her. Thank you, also, to the ukulele band for the entertainment.. Thanks to auxiliary members who donated prizes, to those who helped set up the tables and to our men members who are always willing to help. Finally, a big thank you to members of the community for their continued support.

Maggie Combley