Palliative care patients kept warm

Board member Dr Amireh Fakhouri, Werribee Hospital Foundaton chief executive Leanne Down, CWA member Robin Argent and board member Renay Ahmed at the morning tea. (Supplied)

Palliative care patients in Wyndham will soon benefit from a warming blanket cabinet gifted to the Werribee Hospital Foundation by the Point Cook Country Women’s Association (CWA).

The funds were donated in memory of CWA member Robin Argent’s husband, Jack, who died from cancer in March.

“He really helped us, even though he wasn’t a member,” CWA Point Cook treasurer Sian Day said.

“We just decided that was something that we could fund, because it was in our reach.”

Ms Day said the donated cupboard would help keep blankets used in the palliative ward warm, for the comfort of people of all ages.

“Not everybody that’s in palliative care is an older person, it could be a younger person,” she said.

“When you go to surgery, they give you a warm blanket when you come out.”

“Instead of the palliative care nurse having to run to the surgical ward to get a warm blanket, by the time they get back it will be cold, they’ve now got their own blanket [cupboard],” Ms Day said.

The CWA presented their cheque on Monday, May 23 at the Werribee Hospital Foundation office.

“They provided a morning tea…it was wonderful,” Ms Day said.

Ms Day said the CWA was committed to raising a hand when there are needs in the community.

“We are actually at the moment raising funds for the Lismore floods…they’ve lost everything.”

“Little things sometimes mean more to individuals, which we can help in,” she said.