COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Volunteers for Palliative Care

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—As Patron of Maitland's Volunteers for Palliative Care Maitland, I was honoured to attend their AGM recently.

The organisation has had to severely curtail their services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to quarantine, they could only provide their free respite for only 30 families this year, down from the 55 they normally assist each year.

For 30 years, the volunteers have provided the most vital, special and personal care that we could all wish for – in the period leading up to the end of life. While they could not hold the big 30th celebration they hoped for (which would have contributed precious operational funds), I am pleased to hear that they are hopeful of restarting fundraising in November.

Congratulations to Lynette Clark who has again taken on the role of Chairperson and added the role of Secretary to her tasks. It was great to see several new faces on the board, and I wish them well over the coming 12 months.

You, your volunteers, and your Coordinator Judith Robinson and administration assistant Kathleen Isles provide a vital service and I know our community values their contribution.