Celebrating 25 years of the Pink lady volunteer group at Tweed Hospital on Thursday were Federal MP Justine Elliot, Pink Lady president Jean Collier, inaugural members Laureen Jones and Beverley Taylor, and Tweed Byron Health Services Group director of Northern NSW Bernadette Loughnane.
Celebrating 25 years of the Pink lady volunteer group at Tweed Hospital on Thursday were Federal MP Justine Elliot, Pink Lady president Jean Collier, inaugural members Laureen Jones and Beverley Taylor, and Tweed Byron Health Services Group director of Northern NSW Bernadette Loughnane. Daniel McKenzie

Tweed Hospital in the Pink for 25 years

TWENTY-FIVE years of caring and comfort was celebrated on Thursday when Tweed Hospital’s branch of The Pink Ladies marked a quarter of a century of commitment.

Since starting at the hospital on March 18, 1991, the group has seen eight presidents coordinate more than 350 volunteers who have selflessly given up their time to assist patients and their families.

Tweed Byron Health Services Group director of the Northern NSW Local Health District Bernadette Loughnane said the group had provided thousands of volunteer hours over the past 25 years and while many tasks had evolved due to advances in patient care, their efforts were crucial for patients.

“The Pink Ladies chat to our patients while freshening flowers, providing washing assistance in the Nursery and Children’s Ward and collate brochures and letters for new patients,” Ms Loughnane said.

Current Pink Ladies president Jean Collier said the hospital’s Pink Ladies’ 30 current members - including inaugural members Laureen Jones and Beverley Taylor - still enjoyed helping others on a daily basis.

“Every small task we perform allows nursing staff more time for the care and welfare of patients,” Mrs Collier said.

The Anniversary celebration was attended by more than 70 guests, including federal MP Justine Elliot who applauded the group for their commitment to the Tweed community.

“I feel honoured to be a part of (celebrations) for a wonderful group who make a big difference in the lives of patients and their families,” Mrs Elliot said.

“Congratulations on a remarkable job over 25 years.”



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