Mount Druitt Hospital icon hangs up his boots

Mount Druitt Hospital; volunteers; Jack Mountain
Jack Mountain is farewelled by Mount Druitt Hospital kiosk volunteers

Mount Druitt Hospital is farewelling one of its longest serving kiosk volunteers – Jack Mountain.

After more than 24 years of service to the patients, families and staff at Mount Druitt Hospital, Jack has decided to park his vollie trolley.

The 84-year-old, who is a life-long Parramatta Eels fan, could always be counted on.

The Shalvey resident was a regular at the hospital community day and was lost for words when the Parramatta Eels cheerleaders performed.

His joy increased when he received a signed Eels football and jersey.

Mount Druitt Hospital general manager Sue-Anne Redmond said volunteers like Jack spent countless hours, days, weeks and years providing comfort and support to the people in the community and expect nothing in return.

“Jack’s photo hangs on the wall at Mount Druitt Hospital,” she said.

“Nothing was too big or small for Jack. He frequently visited each ward to ensure patients, visitors and staff were offered beverages, snacks or the daily newspaper or magazine.

“Not only has Jack contributed to the care and comfort of many patients over the years at the hospital, he has made friends with many staff and the community.

“We will really miss him.”

 

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