Palliative Care gets it vehicle
By DARREN COYNE
MEREDITH Dennis has already begun clocking up the kilometres in a new van donated by local services clubs.
Tweed Shire's Citizen of the Year received Mercedes the van on behalf of the Tweed Palliative Support Inc last Monday and has already travelled more than 1000 kilometres.
She uses the van to transport equipment around the shire which is needed by people who want to die in their own home rather than in a hospital.
The van was donated by Tweed licensed clubs after The Daily News reported that the federal government had rejected a funding application by the group for a new vehicle.
For years Ms Dennis had been using her own van to carry out the voluntary work.
"It's just fantastic," she said yesterday. "We've got 43 clients across the whole of Tweed Shire and the van is just what we needed."
The recent media focus on Tweed Palliative Support Inc's work has also raised the profile of the group, which is receiving more calls from the public for assistance.
Ms Dennis yesterday said the group would hold a training course, which starts on April 12, in an effort to attract another 20 volunteers to the fold.
"No experience is required. We give people thorough training," Ms Dennis said.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of Tweed Palliative Support Inc should contact 66728459.