Nurses lead town in hospital fundraiser

Barraba Nurses took to the streets to raise $41,000 for a special needs bed at their hospital.

Along walk in the country inspired three nurses to raise $41,000 for a special needs bed at their hospital.

During a leisurely 43km walk together, Barraba hospital nurses Dot Howison, Jodi Martin and Lyn Simpson talked about how they could help their small hospital obtain a Hillrom total care bed Jodi had seen demonstrated while attending a conference.

‘It was a big ask but we thought the effort would be worth it because the bed would help make our patients’ lives easier and our work easier too,’ Dot said.

‘We have 16 high-level aged care beds and seven acute beds, and the town has an ageing population with a growing need for aged and palliative care.’

Undaunted by the high cost of the bed, the trio canvassed support from other hospital staff and residents of Barraba, a town of 1500 people about 100km northwest of Tamworth.

A fundraising committee was formed and a string of activities soon followed, including a bike ride, a monster Christmas hamper raffle, a New Year’s Eve party and street stall.

These efforts motivated the Barraba Lions Club to organise a community golf day ($5000 raised) and to successfully apply for a $15,000 donation from Lions Australia.

A generous donation from a local family also helped to raise the $41,000 in just seven months.