Nov 11
Palliative care benefits from fundraising efforts in Blayney

​Blayney Multipurpose Service (MPS) has received a boost to palliative care services today after fundraising efforts and state government funding were announced.

Combined fundraising efforts from the Rotary Club of Blayney, Cadia Valley Operations, Regis Resources Ltd coupled with funding from NSW Health, Blayney Shire Council, Blayney community and a NSW Government Community Grant courtesy of Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole have assisted in pulling the money together.

The project, which is expected to commence in early 2017, will include construction of a one bedroom palliative care suite with an area for family members to stay with their loved one. The unit will be built on the end of the pink wing of the Blayney MPS.

Blayney MPS Health Service Manager, Kathy Hillier said she was thrilled with the fundraising efforts by all parties involved to get this project off the ground.

“Money for palliative care at Blayney means we can provide a more caring environment within the local community where family members requiring palliative care have the opportunity to access these services closer to home," Kathy said.
“This is something the local community has been calling for, and I am blown away by the efforts of everyone involved in coming together to secure funding for these important services in Blayney."

Bill Burdett from the Rotary Club of Blayney said he was pleased to soon have improved palliative care services in the local community.

“This is a true demonstration of what a local community can achieve when it comes together, and I am extremely pleased that Rotary has been involved in leading this project," Bill said.

“I would like to thank everyone for assisting in the fundraising efforts and for the support by the Blayney MPS in working with us to address this need."

“The idea for a palliative care suite at the MPS was initially floated by former Rotary Club Presidents, Mr Miles Hedge and Mrs Leeanne Wright, and we are extremely pleased to see this coming to fruition."

The works are in the process of being tendered.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au