With more than 45 years of service between them, Westmead Hospital volunteers Vera Critchley and Bev Smith have seen many changes at the hospital.
Vera and Bev were recognised for their longevity and dedication to the service as part of National Volunteers Week celebrations held at Westmead Hospital this week.
For the past 19 years, the volunteers, who are also friends, have been raising money to support the Westmead community.
Vera and Bev man their own stall three days a week in the main entrance of the hospital, selling babies clothing, bric-a-brac, knitted items and household items. The fundraising stall also allows the volunteers to talk with patients, visitors and staff.
“Two years ago we purchased two cardiopulmonary resuscitation machines for the emergency department valued at more than $25,000,” Vera said.
“These machines help save people’s lives and we are delighted to be part of that.”
Bev has been a volunteer at Westmead Hospital since 1994 and has no current plans to retire.
“We really enjoy raising money for the hospital,” Bev said.
“Sometimes it’s really hard work but we enjoy keeping active. You get out what you put in!”
Westmead and Auburn hospitals corporate services director Mathivanan Sakthivel said that the volunteers are an invaluable asset to the hospital.
“It’s wonderful that these talented and exceptional people give their time willingly to do something for their fellow human beings,” Mathi said.
“Our volunteers not only help raise money for the hospital, they are part of a team of over 100 people who on a daily basis provide various services including library support, they help people find their way in the hospital and transport people with the buggy.
“The passion and dedication of our volunteers in improving the patient experience is respected and appreciated by staff and our communities.”
National Volunteer Week has been celebrated this week to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
To donate to Westmead Hospital visit: http://www.wmrf.org.au/