Donations help group to support hospital

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Five Questions With . . . Friends of Dunstan Hospital chairwoman Mary Boyd

Q Can you tell me about Friends of Dunstan Hospital (FODH)?

FODH has been going 25 years and it’s supported by donations from our outreach communities, including Roxburgh, Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Omakau and Wanaka areas.

We have applied to a range of trusts and been gratefully rewarded.

Q What are some of those rewards?

We have been given generous monetary donations by the Central Otago Masonic Trust, Alexandra Lions Club, the Trustpower Lend a Hand Foundation, Harcourts Foundation and Fresh Choice Cromwell, among others.

We most recently received funding from Foodstuffs, which went towards two specialised wheelchairs, which were required at the hospital for patients in the community who have reduced mobility and safety issues.

Transit wheelchairs are required for people who are unable to self-propel and need support with mobility within the home, e.g. to be pushed from their bedroom to the bathroom and into a day chair, etc.

These chairs can be lifted in and out of a car more easily [than other wheelchairs] to make outings outside the home possible.

All money received goes towards items such as this, to improve patient welfare.

Q How do you decide how to spend monetary donations?

The hospital gives us a wish list and we choose from that what we will put the money towards.

It will not be spent on equipment that should be supplied by the Southern District Health Board.

It will go towards patient welfare.

Q Where would Dunstan Hospital be without FODH?

There would be a multitude of patient welfare equipment that would never see the light of day if it wasn’t for Friends of Dunstan Hospital and its supporters.

If we don’t have the money we can’t do anything.

FODH supports the hospital and its staff and, in turn, benefits the wider community.

Q How can people support FODH?

You can become a supporter by giving a donation.

We have received donations from generous members of the community, which are gratefully received by FODH and the community which gets to benefit.

Another example of that was the recent purchase of a hoist.

FODH is also guardians of the late Maurice Rabbit Education Fund, which is for any member of staff who wants to access it for furthering their skills.