United Hospital Auxiliary Armidale Branch President Robyn Clutterbuck, left, Armidale Rural Referral Hospital General Manager Wendy Mulligan, Auxiliary Treasurer Carol Khan, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, volunteers Maria Rologas and Pauline Cowley and Auxiliary Secretary Sue Melville.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
A SIMPLE letter to local State MP Adam Marshall from the Armidale United Hospital Auxiliary has resulted in a brand new coffee machine being purchased for the hugely popular kiosk at Armidale Hospital.
Mr Marshall visited the kiosk earlier this week and have a cuppa from the new machine, which was purchased with a one-off small grant of $2,170 from Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Hospital Auxiliary President Robyn Clutterbuck said the funding for a new coffee machine was a necessity for the kiosk after the old one simply “wore out”.
“We aren’t baristas, so this coffee machine makes it easy for volunteers to make visitors a nice cup of coffee with the press of a button,” Mrs Clutterbuck said.
“We are very grateful for the grant, which meant we didn’t need to use our own funds.”
Mr Marshall said he was delighted to support the Auxiliary secure the new machine and commended the work of the members over many years, running the kiosk and supporting the staff and patients in the hospital.
“The Auxiliary approached me when their old donated machine broke down and I was happy to take their case for a new machine straight to the Premier,” Mr Marshall said.
“Everyone who has stayed, visited or works at the hospital is familiar with the kiosk. It’s a great place to grab a snack, a handmade sandwich or roll and a hot cup of tea or coffee – and the service is always with a smile.
“This facility is entirely run by volunteers, some of them spenidng years giving up their time to run the kiosk.
“The funds raised by the Hospital Auxiliary from the kiosk and other fundraising activities go towards additional equipment here at the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital.”
Mr Marshall commended the Armidale United Hospital Auxiliary members for their ongoing dedication and commitment to the welfare of patients and staff at the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital.