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Helping carers at home: Donation assists CRANES’ palliative care volunteers in Grafton

From the original story by Ebony Stansfield  $2,500 donation assists people in palliative care in the Daily Examiner.

Based in Grafton, the Clarence River and New England Services (CRANES) palliative care volunteers assist in supporting people with life-limiting illnesses in their homes and a donation by the Westlawn Finance Team will assist in getting volunteers out into the community with palliative care patients.

The Westlawn Finance Team held their annual Westlawn Charity Golf Day and this year they raised $2,500 for the Cranes Palliative Care Volunteer Home Visiting Team.

Westlawn Director Mark Dougherty said the golf day is a fun day out where peopleget together in a business environment for a good cause.

Mr Dougherty said it's a good thing to be able to do.

"The benefit it has to the people that are in respite, it's all being part of a community such as Grafton.

CRANES Palliative Care co-ordinator Leanne Smith said the donation will assist in getting volunteers out into the community with palliative care patients.

"As a support for people who are still wanting to remain at home, with their carers and families,” she said.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care Community Health Jennifer Smith said their volunteer program is valuable for their patients and families.

"It's one of the key things that actually assist in keeping people at home which in most cases is their preferred place of care,” she said.

She said it really makes a difference from a social perspective.

"A little bit of respite for families, they just do an extraordinary job, it's really important,” she said.

Pic: Palliative Care Volunteer Kathryn Lentfer, Cranes Palliative Care Co-ordinator Leanne Smith, Palliative Care Volunteer Shirley Burke, Westlawn Director Mark Dougherty and Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care Community Health Jennifer Smith. Pic Credit: Ebony Stansfield

 

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