Friends of Murray District Hospital celebrate 30 years

RPG A/Executive Director Kath Smith standing next to Friends of MDH President Rae Endersby
RPG A/Executive Director Kath Smith and Friends of MDH President Rae Endersby catch up at the 30th anniversary morning tea.
November 14, 2016

Friends of Murray District Hospital (MDH) volunteers celebrate the 30th anniversary of dedicated service to the hospital this year.

MDH volunteers and staff marked the milestone with a morning tea at the hospital attended by Rockingham Peel Group Executive team members Kathleen Smith and Wendy Lee.

Friends of MDH President Rae Endersby began volunteering at the hospital in 1990 and said it was the kindness of staff and fellow volunteers that had kept her coming back for so many years.

“I have volunteered alongside a number of wonderful and dedicated people that I now call my friends,” Rae said.

“The hospital staff are very helpful and interact so well with the patients – it is a lovely environment to be in.”

For the past 26 years, Rae has seen MDH and the role of volunteers grow and change.

“Many years ago when the kitchen staff went on strike, the volunteers jumped in and started cooking all the meals for patients,” she said.

Today, Friends of MDH provide a trolley service, free toiletry packs and magazines to patients and also distribute gift packs to staff and patients at Christmas and Easter.

As well as donating their time and energy, Friends of MDH run fundraising activities to purchase items such as regency chairs and patient beds for the hospital.

MDH Nurse Unit Manager Marion Underwood said Friends of MDH are a part of the hospital family and are greatly appreciated by staff and patients.

“The nice little touches our volunteers provide make such a difference to a patient’s experience and are of great assistance to staff,” Marion said.

South Metropolitan Health Service thanks the Friends of MDH for their continued support and dedication.