Auxiliary ladies notch up 7000 volunteer hours

Mount Druitt Hospital’s auxiliary volunteers Karen Lancaster, Maria Aloisio, Eileen Merces and Gail Shadbolt with (front) treasurer Dulcie Harrison, president Jean Hitches and secretary Jan Graham.

Meet the ladies who make up Mount Druitt Hospital’s hard-working auxiliary committee.

This bunch of dedicated volunteers combined contributed more than 7000 hours of assistance last year – wow!

Since the auxiliary’s establishment in 1973, the group has raised more than $700,000, which has been used to purchase medical equipment for the hospital.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ volunteers services manager Janice Low said it was not uncommon for some ladies to have donated their time to the hospital for more than 30 years.

“These compassionate volunteers have helped at the hospital for most of their lives and are living proof that the hospital has been their home or second family for many decades,” she said.

“This creative bunch use their talents and expertise to raise money via the hospital’s gift shop, cooking sausage sandwiches at Bunning’s bbqs and frequent stalls at local shopping centres to sell their goodies.

“On behalf of all the volunteers at Mount Druitt Hospital, we also wish to pay our respects and send our sympathy to the family members of Beryl Campbell, who passed away this month.

Beryl Campbell.

“Beryl was a hospital volunteer for 35 years and will be missed by many staff; she was well-known in the community.”

If you would like to volunteer at Blacktown or Mount Druitt hospitals, contact Janice Low at

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