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Thanks to helpers

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December 02, 2016

Kaylene Rowe, Carmel Johnson, Victoria Bishop, Karen Saccuzzo and Carmel O'Sullivan.

Sisters Heather Daws and Barb McCullach caught up over lunch - a special moment due to living away from each other.

Kath O'Donnell, Dianne Moylan, volunteer pianist Violet Daws, Bernadette Bell and Sue Ward.

Goulburn Valley Health extended care auxiliary secretary Loleen James, Anglican priest Father Des Potter, Janet Nankervis and Elaine McMullan.

Carers and volunteers at Goulburn Valley Health’s Grutzner House were treated to a lovely Christmas lunch this week as a way to say thanks for the great work they do.

Those in attendance consisted of extended care auxiliary members and a handful of volunteers who give up their time for various tasks at the facility.

‘‘These ladies do a wonderful job,’’ ward clark Victoria Bishop said.

Ms Bishop said the auxiliary fundraised for both Grutzner House and the Mary Coram rehabilitation unit, helping to purchase necessary items.

‘‘We present a wish list to their meetings,’’ she said.

She said the facility had bought a mini-bus with the assistance of the auxiliary who raised funds for several years in order to do so.

Grutzner House is an accredited psychogeriatric nursing home catering to the needs of up to 20 residents.

The facility is unique, according to Ms Bishop, because of its ability to provide care for residents with specialised mental health issues and complex and challenging behaviours.

As a result, patients require 24-hour care from qualified nurses, with a select handful of volunteers offering their services to the residents.

Violet Daws, a familiar face at Grutzner, plays the piano for residents in the common room along with Anglican priest Father Des Potter attending the facility once a month to conduct a church service for residents to also enjoy and participate in.

‘‘All the residents come in and have a lovely time,’’ Ms Bishop said.

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