Save our auxiliary!

Pictured left: Cynthia Howard and Val Veitch of the Tumut District Hospital Auxiliary are pleading for more members to join the auxiliary’s executive to keep it going.

Tumut District Hospital Auxiliary is issuing a desperate plea to the community to help keep it afloat after the parent body declared it currently illegal.

“We don’t have enough executives,” spokesperson Val Veitch said.

“We have had one person wearing two caps, and doing a great job, but the parent body (United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW) has said that you need three people at the end of the table.”

This means they need new recruits to fill executive positions to remain viable.

“We have lots of members that don’t want to take positions on the executive,” Mrs Veitch said.

“We really, really, really urgently need new members to take on these jobs. It is vital for our hospital that the auxiliary continues, and with the new hospital coming we will need even more. It would be a very sad day if we have a new hospital but no auxiliary.

“We have been going for 83 years and you can help us make it to 100.

“If you have ever been thinking about it, then the time to do it is now. If you are retired and have nothing to do, we would love to have you.”

The Auxiliary will hold a special AGM at the Hospital Conference Room on Friday November 23 at 1.30pm.

Fellow auxiliary member Cynthia Howard said the auxiliary was “desperate for new innovative members with new, exciting ideas, and this is where you, the community come in.”

Both ladies said that men members were very welcome.

“We would love to have men members; it would make the auxiliary better,” Mrs Howard said.

“Tumut is a wonderful town with kind hearted people, and we are issuing a plea for more of them to come on board.”

Both ladies emphasized that the all the money raised goes to the Tumut Hospital.

“We usually raise about $30,000 a year,” Mrs Veitch said.

Items auxiliary-raised money has bought for the hospital include a laryngoscope, stirrups, vein finder, electric beds with memory foam mattresses, blanket warmers, bedside tables, lockers, day surgery chairs, visitor’s chairs and theatre equipment.

“These are things the government can’t help us with,” Mrs Veitch said.

“In 2016/17, the UHA NSW raised $5,469 880.”