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Volunteers requested at Atherton Hospital

COMMUNITY-minded volunteers are needed to help run the vital trolley service at Atherton Hospital. 

This essential service, operated by the Atherton Hospital Friends of the Foundation, offers comfort and convenience to patients by delivering snacks, personal care items, and comfort goods directly to their bedsides. 

Operated entirely by volunteers, the service needs more community members to ensure its operation can continue smoothly and more frequently. 

Atherton Hospital Friends of the Foundation president Mary Fitzsimons said volunteering makes a difference.

“A few hours of your time can make a significant difference in the lives of those receiving care at Atherton Hospital,” she said.

“Volunteering with the trolley service is not only about providing items but also offering a smile and comfort to our patients.” 

The Foundation is seeking individuals who can spare a couple of hours on a regular basis to help with this vital service.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate individually or alongside friends or family members, making it a rewarding and shared experience. 

“Everything is set up for an easy volunteering experience; items are pre-priced, and all it takes is your willingness to make a difference,” Mrs. Fitzsimons said.

“Your small gesture of volunteering can significantly impact our patients’ comfort and well-being.” 

Proceeds from the trolley service are used to buy essential equipment for Atherton Hospital, ensuring the benefits stay within the local community and help residents. 

Those interested in volunteering or learning more about the various ways to support the Atherton Hospital Friends of the Foundation are encouraged to reach out. 

For more information on becoming a vital part of this service or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Skye Shier, Volunteer Coordinator at the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, via email at volunteer@fnqhf.org.au

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