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Cheers to volunteers

Wednesday, 25th February, 2015

Margaret Wilson has been helping out at the hospital’s kiosk for 25 years but yesterday it was her turn to be waited on, and health service executive assistant Helen Hayes was only too happy to do it. Margaret Wilson has been helping out at the hospital’s kiosk for 25 years but yesterday it was her turn to be waited on, and health service executive assistant Helen Hayes was only too happy to do it.

By Erica Visser

For 25 years Margaret Wilson has spent her Saturdays helping out at the Broken Hill Hospital kiosk.

Yesterday it was her turn to be waited on at the health service, which put on a morning tea to thank Mrs Wilson and the other volunteers that give up their time to make a difference.

“Well, I do it for the company and you never feel like you’re on your own,” Mrs Wilson told the BDT.

“I advise anyone, if you’re lonely or have some time to spare, to take up volunteering.

“I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”

And if selling cakes and sandwiches doesn’t appeal, there’s a range of other volunteer groups and positions on offer, from patient-based care volunteers to aqua and tai chi leaders. 

“The valuable contribution to the health service and wider community by our volunteers cannot be understated,” said local health service General Manager, Jane Corcoran.

“Volunteers have a positive influence to the lives of our patients, their families and our staff and they help in a variety of ways.

“The morning tea is a small but heartfelt gesture from the health service to thank and recognise our volunteers but we hope they know they are appreciated for everything they do throughout the whole year.”

If you are interested in volunteering with Far West Local Health District please contact Mary Leehane on 8080 1256.

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