Lexie Stower, Donna Phillips, Nicole Brownlie and Donna Milburn with Nicole’s daughter, Ava.
Lexie Stower, Donna Phillips, Nicole Brownlie and Donna Milburn with Nicole’s daughter, Ava. Lindsey Jackson

Nurse helps out Emerald Hospital

NICOLE Brownlie has been a registered nurse at Emerald Hospital for the past five years, but it wasn’t until she went into hospital herself she realised the facility was missing some essential items.

The new mum had to go into hospital this year as a patient with her daughter, Ava, now nine months old.

When it came to Ava’s meal time, Nicole realised there were no high chairs in the hospital to feed her in.

“I had to feed her in the pram because there were no high chairs,” Nicole said.

“I had never noticed it as a problem before because I’ve never had kids.”

So Nicole decided to do something about the problem and started fundraising to buy two high chairs for the hospital.

“The community all got behind it and helped raise money,” she said.

Nicole said she was thankful for the help the community had given her in supplying the chairs, which were donated to the hospital last week.

“Especially after the floods, people dug deep into their pockets and helped out,” she said.

“Jolly Bubs helped us source the best possible high chairs for infection control at the hospital.”

Since fundraising for the high chairs, Nicole has started collecting funds for the purchase of a new breast pump for the hospital.

Nicole said she was also looking for local businesses who would be interested in donating funds for the cause.

If you would like to make a donation contact Nicole at nursenik@activ8.net.au.


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