FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Association secretary Cheryl Bensted and president Kerry Rose.
FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Association secretary Cheryl Bensted and president Kerry Rose. Luka Kauzlaric

Boom time for hospital auxiliary group thanks to industry

THE Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary has come a long way from fundraising using sausage sizzles and cake stalls.

After secretary Cheryl Bensted and president Kerry Rose joined forces four years ago, the auxiliary has targeted industry to help raise funds for the Gladstone Hospital.

This financial year the auxiliary raised $45,760.

It was used to buy medical equipment and wheelchairs for the hospital.

A $10,000 donation from Orica helped purchase 30 bedside chairs to aid patient recovery.

"Not all beds at Gladstone Hospital had a chair next to them, so that was one thing we wanted to resolve," Kerry said. "I always thought the chairs were for visitors, but they are for the patient."

Since the LNG boom the auxiliary has received more donations.

"There are more people in town," Cheryl said.

"We are selling more raffle tickets and receiving more donations.

"But the companies are putting their hands in their pockets as well."

At last week's AGM the auxiliary started plotting ways to improve hospital services next year.

So far the auxiliary has ordered two multi-delivery infusion pumps so patients can use a drip from their home.

"We found ourselves $9000 in reserve this financial year and decided to get the ball rolling for next year," Kerry said.