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Oncology Unit benefits from donation

L-R President of the Grafton Aero Club Phil Kirk, Registered Nurse Hannah Hensler and Secretary/Treasurer of the Grafton Aero Club, Kevin Wilson at the handover of a cheque for $1300 from the proceeds of the Wings and Wheels event in August. Image: Contributed

Lynne Mowbray

The Oncology and Haematology Unit at Grafton Base Hospital has benefited from a donation by the Grafton Aero Club, from money raised during their Wings and Wheels day, which was held in August.

Last week the Grafton Aero Club donated a cheque for $1,300 to the unit, to assist with the purchase of a new treatment chair.

President of the Grafton Aero Club Phil Kirk said that this year the club chose to support the Oncology Unit, after they lost one of their colleagues Colin Redding, to leukaemia last Christmas.
“Colin was a good friend and tireless worker at the aerodrome who kept the airfield mowed and took care of any odd jobs,” Mr Kirk said.
“Although Colin lost his battle with the disease, we know the Oncology Unit did a fantastic job looking after him.”
Clinical Nurse Consultant [CNC] at the unit, Sharon Hurford said that the unit is very appreciative of the community donations which they receive.
“The generosity of the valley in supporting our cancer patients is amazing and without these donations we would not be able to purchase (much needed) equipment,” said Sharon.
This $1,300 will go towards the purchase of a treatment chair which costs $8,000. These chairs need to be replaced after so many years and we certainly appreciate and thank the Grafton Aero Club, for their support of our unit.