Apr 13
Blayney MPS Hospital Auxiliary going strong after 110 years

​Blayney MPS Hospital Auxiliary is celebrating 110 years of supporting the local community with a function at the Blayney Community Centre to be held on the 18th of April.

The day will be a celebration of the hard work and dedication the Hospital Auxiliary has shown to the MPS and the local community over many decades.

Blayney MPS Health Service Manager, Kathy Hillier said the Auxiliary have some big achievements to be proud of.

“I was here when the Auxiliary celebrated the 100 year milestone, and the Auxiliary is as strong as it has always been in supporting the local community," Kathy said.

“The Auxiliary has been instrumental in fundraising for a variety of equipment and resources for the MPS over the years and I'd like to say a big thank you to the Auxiliary for all they have done."

During the past 44 years, the Blayney Hospital Auxiliary has raised over $300,000 for additional equipment for the facility.

“The Hospital Auxiliary has fundraised tirelessly for money which has been used to purchase items such as lifters, vital sign monitors, ECG machines, heaters, shower chairs, nebuliser machines, washing machines, televisions, educational videos, blinds/curtains, electric beds and painting of the acute wing," Kathy said.

“Some large fundraising efforts of the Blayney Hospital Auxiliary include an ISTAT Machine for pathology collection worth $27,000 and the refurbishment of the palliative care wing costing $10,000."

Fund raising activities in the early 1900's included sewing sheets, converting worn sheets to pillow cases, holding mending days and turning worn towels into face washers. The funds were raised and the government provided extra funding to build the Blayney Cottage hospital in 1910.

There was no structured auxiliary at that time but there were active groups of ladies working together until 1933 when the Hospital Auxiliary was inaugurated.

The Blayney MPS Hospital Auxiliary currently has 14 members.

On the day of the celebration, Monisha Barui will be presented with an award recognising 40 years of dedicated service to the local community as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary.