Unveiled today, the state-of-the-art medical equipment will be used by thousands of locals. Over the past 19 years more than 123,000 patients used the eight they replace.
A $58,687 bequest from the late Graham Surridge launched the appeal. Our very own staff gifted $13,207 from the $18,000 proceeds of their 2015 Warrnambool Corporate Charity Golf Day, followed by a $400 Christmas gift from the Panmure CWA. Midfield Meats International closed the appeal with a generous $10,687 donation.
‘We are so grateful to have received the financial assistance we needed to be able to make such an expensive purchase. As with all of our fundraising, it just goes to show how donations, big and small, can make such a difference. It also drives home how leaving some money in your will – to any charity you’re passionate about – can make such an impact. We are very appreciative of what Graham’s $58,687 gift has allowed us to do,’ says SWH Community Partnerships Manager Suzan Morey.
Rosemary Surridge travelled from Melbourne to be at the fleet’s unveiling. She said she was thrilled with what her brother’s bequest had been put towards, and that he would be, too. Their family has a long association with the Warrnambool Base Hospital. Illness caused Graham’s wife to spend long periods of time with us while Rosemary spent weeks in Intensive Care following a serious car accident. In 1924, their mother Thelma was the first nurse allowed to start training in Warrnambool at the age of 18. (Until then, you had to be 21.) A highly respected nurse, she played a key role in the establishment and official opening of our Midwifery Unit. She was also awarded life membership of the Past Trainee Nurses’ Association in 1962.
PHOTO: Rosemary Surridge checks out our new trolleys with SWH Warrnambool Corporate Charity Golf Day committee member Terry Hoy and Theatre (Recovery) associate nurse unit manager Jen Gamble. Photo courtesy of The Standard and photographer Rob Gunstone.