David Berry Hospital Auxiliary celebrated a very special 80th birthday recently.
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President Marilyn Kellett presented Pam McLeod with beautiful flowers to celebrate her 80th Birthday.
Pam has been part of a driving force to raise funds for the Hospital and was past president of the Auxiliary.
She was actively involved in petitioning government agencies when the hospital was threatened with closure.
Fortunately, David Berry in his will of 1889 directed his trustees to set apart the 100,000 pounds “for the purpose of erecting a hospital for diseases for the benefit particularly of inhabitant of Broughton Creek and the District of Shoalhaven. (NSW State Archives and Records).
It’s been a busy time for the auxiliary recently, with the townshop hopping as hundreds of music lovers flocked to the Fairgrounds Music Festival held at the Berry Show Ground.
Many visitors also took the opportunity to stroll through our historic town to enjoy shopping at the various cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
The David Berry Hospital Auxiliary ladies were run off their feet as young and old milled around our street stall to buy delicious cakes, jams, biscuits and other home-made goodies.
Karinya also celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a garden party in the grounds of the hospital. Karinya Palliative Care Unit was established in 1988 is a stand-alone building in the grounds of the David Berry Hospital.
Karinya provides support for the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of its patients, as well as ongoing support to family members and carers.
Auxiliary members said it was wonderful to meet and reconnect with some of the medical staff, allied health workers and administrators who were instrumental in establishing the Palliative Care Unit for the Shoalhaven as well as the current team who are taking such good care of the patients.
Auxiliary members were entertained by the toe tapping ‘Ukaladies plus One’ band as they enjoyed a cuppa and a slice of the anniversary cake while sitting under the huge jacaranda tree overlooking farmlands and distant mountains.
The next fund raising event will be the David Berry Hospital Auxiliary Annual Luncheon to be held in March 2019. This is a special day with luncheon, raffles, trading table and entertainment.
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