Big thank you to volunteers

MOUNT Druitt Hospital wouldn't be the place it is today without its volunteers.

So last Friday administrators held a morning tea to thank those 120 unpaid workers on NSW Health Volunteer Appreciation Day.

Margaret Thurlow and Dulcie Harrison are among the longest-serving volunteers.

Mrs Thurlow has been at the kiosk for 28 years.

"It gets me out of bed in the mornings, [because] I'm doing something worthwhile," she said.

"We don't do it for the recognition but it's nice when the hospital acknowledges what we've done."

Proceeds from the kiosk go to the hospital: the latest benefit has been a new $100,000 ultrasound for the emergency department.

Mrs Harrison, a volunteer in the gift shop, has been the ladies auxiliary treasurer since 1973, a decade before the hospital was built.

"We also have volunteers who work behind the scenes by knitting gifts," Mrs Harrison said.

She estimates the shop has raised $1 million over the years, donating medical equipment worth $72,000 since June.

The latest donation was 10 cots worth $31,000 for the children's ward.

"I couldn't imagine the hospital without volunteers," she said.

"People knock Mount Druitt but the hospital executives always say they've never worked anywhere else with the quality of volunteers we have here."

Mount Druitt Hospital general manager Andrew Newton has paid tribute to the hard working volunteers: "They make our patients' stay more comfortable".The hospital is in desperate need of volunteers.

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