Lismore charity raises $100,000 for local hospitals

LISMORE based charity Jodie’s Inspiration today handed over $100,000 for palliative care equipment at both St Vincents and Lismore Base Hospital.

Chairman for Jodie’s Inspiration, Jesse Smith, said our local hospitals are the backbone of our community.

"This will see our loved ones who require palliative care gain access to new equipment that will aid in the treatment process,” Mr Smith said.

The not-for-profit raising the funds through volunteers holding a variety of functions and events in the local community. 

“We are proud of the fact this funding will see people across the Northern NSW Local Health District – not just Lismore – benefit from equipment we have purchased, including patients from Ballina, Kyogle, Urbenville, Nimbin, Bonalbo and the Richmond Valley,”

“This is our way of giving back to the community by saying ‘thank you’ for supporting Jodie’s Inspiration,” he said.

Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District Wayne Jones praised the efforts of the organisation. 

“Thank you to the incredible team at Jodie’s Inspiration, and to our local community, for their tireless efforts in helping bring comfort to patients in our region," Mr Jones said. 

CEO of St Vincent’s Lismore, Steve Brierley said it was an honour and privilege to accept these donations.

“We're truly grateful to Jodie's Inspiration and the broader Northern Rivers community for once again supporting our cancer services here at St Vincent's Lismore.

"Our patients will sleep, sit, shower and move more comfortably thanks to your generosity,” 

“Jodie's spirit and the legacy you keep alive definitely inspires us here at St Vincent's,” Mr Brierley said.

Melanie Allan-Male, Deputy Director of Nursing, Lismore Base Hospital thanked the charity for their very generous donation. 

“On behalf of Lismore Base Hospital, thank you for the very generous donation of equipment to support our palliative patients and their families, which will aid in making patients more comfortable in their final days.”

Acting Nurse Unit Manager Oncology, Lismore Base Hospital, Laura Dunne said these items will make a palliative care patient’s stay more comfortable and homely.

“Being a palliative care patient can mean making the hospital your second home, and as lovely and as caring as the staff can be, it’s still not the same as having the comforts that a home affords."

Acting Nursing Unit Manager, Lismore Community Health Joshua Collins, added the equipment will also assist patients with a life limiting illness to be cared for safely at home.

“Jodie was nursed at home by our service; we remember Jodie as always giving back to her community, and these donations are a continuation of that amazing spirit,” Mr Collins said.  

This funding takes the overall contribution of Jodie’s Inspiration to over $260,000.00 since 2015.

Whilst COVID19 has temporarily paused fundraising opportunities in 2020, Jodie’s Inspiration is looking forward to working with the community in 2021 to continue its work of assisting locals in their time of need.

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