The beautiful autumn weather enticed 53 ladies from Gunnedah, Narrabri and Boggabri to attend the morning tea and fashion parade recently held at the Boggabri RSL 

After a hiatus enforced by COVID, Boggabri United Hospital Auxiliary have reformed and started raising funds for the Boggabri Hospital for specialist equipment and items that make the staff’s job easier and patients stay in hospital more comfortable. 

High on the list of equipment is a Accu Vein handheld unit and a Forearm Walker unit.

While everyone was full of praise for the Boggabri Hospital and their staff, there is only so much a small hospital can do and only so much equipment they have on hand. 

Numerous people at the morning tea were full of praise for buying the vein finder

 One lady told the Gunnedah Times, that it would be excellent.

She said: “being a transplant patient, I am always in hospital and having to have bloods and I must go to Tamworth because they have trouble with my veins”.

Another lady told of how she has her unwell father-in-law staying with them and his veins sometimes collapse and he has trouble. 

When he has to have bloods done, they must drive him to Tamworth.

“It would be wonderful to be able to have it done here,” she said.

Costings for these two items are between $11,000 to $12,000, and with quotes only valid for 30 days the Boggabri Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary are looking at raising a little more than this to cover the equipment and escalating price rises. 

The morning tea on Monday was a great start to the fundraising with $1998 being made on the day.

A well-stocked craft and plant stall raised over $235, Gwen Hardy cleaned the ladies jewellery for a small fee and donated the $80.

The raffle of towels raised another $232 and the milk and the bread were donated for the sandwiches.

The rest of the money raised came from entry fees, sale of excess morning tea food and some donations from people who were unable to attend on the day.

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