COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Volunteers for Palliative Care

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I thank the outgoing members of the Maitland Volunteers for Palliative Care board Kerrie Mackay, Kate McLaughlin and Pam Thrift for their stewardship during one of the most challenging times in our history.

Maitland Volunteers for Palliative Care have served our community for 30 years, offering compassionate support to people living with a terminal illness. In normal circumstances volunteers provide hospital or home-based patient and carer support, administrative support, or assistance with fundraising – all of which enhance the care provided by professional healthcare staff.

For much of this year, volunteers have been unable to perform their face-to-face work in the community. Their fundraising activities have been severely curtailed, and even training and networking opportunities have been affected by COVID‑19 public health orders.

I welcome 2020-21 board members Lynette Clark, Tracy Grant, Sophie Abela, Wendy Kennedy, Jannifer Reynolds and Belinda Campbell, and salute their commitment in stepping into their roles during this time of great uncertainty. Thank you for being part of an organisation that helps people and their loved ones through their time of greatest need.