A donation of 12 lightweight wheelchairs is set to make a noticeable difference in the transportation of Ballarat Hospice Care patients.
The Freemasons from Ballarat’s Guiding Star Lodge were behind the special gift after raising $3300.
Ballarat Hospice Care executive officer Carita Clancy said the wheelchairs will be used to help carers transport their loved ones from home to medical appointments in a much easier manner.
“The role of a carer is invaluable and part of what we do here at Ballarat Hospice Care is support carers too so that they can care for their loved ones in their own home,” she said.
“Carers regularly transport patients to and from various health service providers and, with equipment that is modern and lightweight, they can do this more confidently. These 12 new chairs are now available via our equipment loan service and we know they’ll make a huge difference to a lot of peoples’ lives.”
The hospice provides a comprehensive education program offering practical information about palliative care and the role as carer, as well as equipment, such as wheelchairs.
Lodge Master Peter Bond said the funds were raised through barbecues and member donations, while Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd also matched the Ballarat donation dollar for dollar.
“Our members had talked about how satisfying it would be to know our donation might buy two or three chairs but to hear that our efforts have allowed for 12 new chairs is just tremendous,” he said.
“Our local Lodge fundraises throughout the year for a number of causes and we’re delighted to have learnt more about Ballarat Hospice Care and the important service they provide to the community.”
Ballarat Hospice Care provides palliative care to people living in Ballarat, Hepburn, north west Golden Plains and north Moorabool shires.
Ms Clancy said the hospice facility was too small, which compromised ability to meet demand for in-home palliative care.
She said the hospice was currently working towards raising $1 million to expand the facility, with plans to purchase land and construct a multipurpose building that will become a regional hub for specialist palliative care.
To learn more about the Give to Help Hospice Grow Campaign, or to make a donation, visit www.ballarathospicecare.org.au or call 5333 1118.