STAFF and patients in Armidale Hospital are singing a happy tune thanks to three new chairs donated to the renal unit.
The new chairs have been made possible thanks to extensive fundraising efforts by Armidale City Bowling Club and the Jimmy Little Foundation that have made the chairs, which cost $5000 each, a reality.
Acting nursing unit manager Nicola Hamparsum said the chairs would mean a new world of ease for the unit’s 11 patients.
These patients undergo dialysis for four to six hours three times
a week, meaning that comfort is key.
“Before these chairs we had La-Z -Boys and the levers were quite old and were breaking, and they sit quite low to the ground so it put strain on nurses’ backs,” she said.
“There was also only two options of recline while the new chairs have many - from sitting up straight to completely lying down.”
One of the chairs was donated outright by the Jimmy Little Foundation, two others were raised through Jimmy Little Band concerts held at Armidale City Bowling Club.
Concert organisers Cyril and Hazel Green said they were overwhelmed by the amount of community support at these events.
“We’re just so pleased with what the Jimmy Little Foundation has been able to do for the community,” Mr Green said.
“I’m over the moon that we have been able to use this money to help people locally.”
Foundation president Ritchie Clutterbuck said he was pleased Armidale City Bowling club had been able to help out in raising the funds and providing a venue free of charge.
“We always try and support community health departments with no hesitation,” he said.