FROM skeleton dolls to sewing machines, the folks at Gosford Hospital Auxiliary have been tireless in their efforts to raise funds for medical and therapeutic equipment for the hospital on the NSW Central Coast.
The oldest hospital auxiliary on the Central Coast, Gosford Hospital Auxiliary has reached a major milestone, celebrating its 75th year.
President Cheryl Dennis said the auxiliary was first formed when Gosford Hospital was still under construction in 1944.
"It began as a passion project for locals so many years ago and we are proud to continue the tradition 75 years later," she said.
"It is always rewarding to see the difference our contributions make to patients, families and staff at Gosford Hospital."
In its first 22 years, the auxiliary donated numerous items including a skeleton doll, tea trolley, sewing machine, piano and shrubs for the hospital garden.
Recently donated items include vital signs monitors, doppler ultrasounds which monitor blood flow, and humidifiers.
The group has raised more than $346,791 since 1998.
CCLHD chief executive Andrew Montague said the auxiliary had adapted very well to modern health needs as medicine, technology and community needs had evolved.
"At the Central Coast Local Health District, we pride ourselves on working in teams to support our patients and families," he said.
"We are incredibly lucky to have the Gosford Hospital Auxiliary as part of our team and we are grateful for the dedication, hard work and commitment of past and present members.
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