Vital hospital volunteer group celebrates milestone

Hard at work: Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary members Jan Drayton and Stephanie Alfonso sell baby goods to raise money for the hospital. Picture: Chris Lane
Hard at work: Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary members Jan Drayton and Stephanie Alfonso sell baby goods to raise money for the hospital. Picture: Chris Lane

If you've ever visited someone at Campbelltown Hospital, chances are you've encountered members of the Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary.

They're the folks who sell baby goods from two little stores inside the hospital - always there to greet people with a smile and a kind word.

The organisation has just celebrated its 65th birthday of assisting the hospital and its patients.

President Jan Drayton has been involved with the auxiliary for 16 years and said it was wonderful to be a part of such a great organisation.

"The hospital auxiliary started back in the 1950s to raise money to build a hospital in Campbelltown," she said. "That eventually happened in 1977. We've been raising money ever since and every single cent goes back into the hospital."

Ms Drayton said there were 65 active members of the auxiliary who regularly spend their days selling goods at the stalls and raising funds for the hospital.

The auxiliary has raised more than $1 million for Campbelltown Hospital throughout the years and purchased a raft of invaluable pieces of equipment and goods in that time.

Ms Drayton said the ongoing $632 million redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital had affected the club's fundraising last year, but the auxiliary had raised more than $111,000 the year before.

"Every year the hospital gives us a wish list of items that they want to receive," she said. "So our committee goes through the list and discusses which items we can get for them in that year and that's what we fundraise for."

Ms Drayton said the auxiliary had secured items like a buggy to carry patients from one side of the hospital to the other, recliner chairs, bladder scanners for every ward and more. The auxiliary purchases items for all areas of the hospital except the paediatric unit, which is covered by the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation, and the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, which is assisted by the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur.

Anyone looking to volunteer and knit goods for the stalls can have a chat with members at the hospital.