Gayle Rafferty, Dr Hillary Vincent, Nicole Brownlie and Alan Thompson draw the winners of the raffle at Emerald Hospital.
Gayle Rafferty, Dr Hillary Vincent, Nicole Brownlie and Alan Thompson draw the winners of the raffle at Emerald Hospital. Lindsey Jackson

Mum steps up to help

DUE to the generosity of the community and a local mum willing to donate her time to a good cause, the Emerald Hospital maternity ward has a brand new breast pump and some much needed funds.

Nicole Brownlie started her quest to donate some important items to the hospital earlier this year when she raised funds for highchairs for the maternity ward.

Her latest venture was to provide the maternity ward with a Medela Symphony breast pump, valued at $3000, which the Emerald Lions Club generously donated.

Nicole also organised a raffle, where $1800 worth of prizes were donated from local businesses and individuals in the community.

“We raised $2000 from the raffle and an extra $250 in donations, so all together we raised about $5000,” Nicole said.

Nicole who is a midwife at the hospital, asked the staff what they thought they needed in the ward.

“They all said a breast pump, so I thought I can do that,” she said with a laugh.

“I just really wanted to get some more important items for the hospital.”

And the lucky winners of the raffle were:

 Gene Watene, who won a Kitchen Aid mixer with some cookbooks.

 John Gauld, who took home a Tupperware package along with some children’s toys and a dog training consult.

 Melanie Wallman, who was lucky enough to score a real treat with a luxurious pamper package.


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