HOSPITAL standards in Tenterfield are set to benefit after the local branch of the Country Women’s Association donated a significant sum to support patients and their relatives.
Di Watson, Anne Stark, Val Mitchell, Karin Janik, Joyce Butler, Heather Woolnough, Janet Hayne and health service boss Michael Moore were present for the cheque handover.
More than $50,000 from the sale of the CWA’s former residence has been poured back into the community with the hospital receiving the funds to help cater too patient families.
In 2013 the local CWA house was put on the market and sold after nearly 80-years in the groups care.
The home was purchased in 1934 for 500 pounds and has seen a variety of uses throughout its life.
From a makeshift holiday home to health centre, the Molesworth St residence has been an important piece of infrastructure in Tenterfield over the last century.
Not unlike Tenterfield, CWA branches have struggled to keep membership numbers from dipping and have faced a battle to continue paying for upkeep and maintenance on property assets.
Despite the group’s fundraising efforts, their money flows back into the community, making a luxury like a dedicated CWA house hard to maintain.
“Following the sale of the CWA house the Tenterfield Day Branch had the opportunity to apply for a percentage of the sale to be returned to Tenterfield and used for a community project,” CWA member Janet Hayne said.
“Many ideas were put forward, however, after consultation with Michael Moore from the Tenterfield Hospital it was decided to apply for monies to fund a motel like unit to be used by out of town family of patients of the hospital.
“This resulted in a cheque from the CWA head office to the value of $50,700,” Ms Hayne said.
Mr Moore said the funds will allow them to finish work on the existing building that will house the visitors.
“I’m very happy to receive this very generous donation – we hope that it will be a lasting legacy for the local CWA,” Mr Moore said.
“It will be tremendously beneficial in the future for families that stay with us,” he said.
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