Elizabeth fights for beds

Ruth Davis (on bed) and Elizabeth Davis.
Ruth Davis (on bed) and Elizabeth Davis. John Gass

ONE of everyone's favourite episodes of 'The Simpsons" is when Homer is bedridden in hospital and discovers the control for the electronically adjustable bed.

"Bed goes up, bed goes down - bed goes up - bed goes down," Homer yells excitedly as he works the controls.

Unfortunately, patients at Murwillumbah District Hospital's rehabilitation ward rarely get the opportunity to "do a Homer" with the bed controls - there's only a small number of such beds available.

But that is something Elizabeth is determined to rectify as an entrant in the 57th annual Tweed Valley Banana Festival Queen pageant.

Each entrant nominates a charity or worthwhile cause for which she will raise funds and Miss Davis has chosen as her beneficiary, MDH's rehabilitation ward.

She wants to raise funds to purchase adjustable beds which enable patients to easily get in and out of bed and find more comfortable positions on it.

"The ward is desperately in need of these particular beds as they are constantly borrowing them from other wards or hospitals in the region," Miss Davis said.

"That is a real hassle as staff need beds right there and then which makes it difficult for nursing staff and patients who are even sometimes forced to be transferred to another hospital.

"I know this personally because my mum (Ruth Davis) has worked at the hospital for over 30 years and I also witness it with my own eyes how hard all staff are working and how patients are discomforted."

Miss Davis said each adjustable bed costs over $4000 but there were additional costs including the purchase of special mattresses.

In the dictionary under the word 'busy' there is probably a picture of Elizabeth Davis.

At the moment she is managing to fit it a host of fundraising activities with working in the Toddle Inn Early Education Centre in Murwillumbah and studying for a Bachelor in Early Childhood Teaching through distance education at the University of New England.

Miss Davis is currently into her fourth week of fundraising and so far has tried her hand at car washing, selling chocolates and mouth-watering Humble Pies, conducting stalls at local markets, and selling raffle tickets all over the region.

Each Friday morning she jumps onto her pushbike and spends the day pedalling throughout industrial estates selling raffle tickets.

But this young lady is just getting into her stride - upcoming fundraising ventures include a Pyjama Party at the Round House Tavern on June 29, a sausage sizzle in Murwillumbah city centre on July 5-6, barefoot bowls at Condong Bowls Club (July 22) and a Burlesque Night at the Round House Tavern on July 27.

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