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Volunteers return to Ipswich Hospital in time to spread Christmas cheer

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Ipswich Hospital.

Thanks to kind donations from West Moreton businesses and Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF)
volunteers, Ipswich Hospital’s Sunshine Ward, Paediatrics Emergency Department and Child Health Clinic at the
Ipswich Health Plaza now sparkle with Christmas lights and festive decorations.

IHF volunteers Joanne and Murray Price helped to install the Christmas lights.

The pair have returned to Ipswich Hospital along with other volunteers after a break of several
months due to COVID-19 restrictions.

West Moreton Health Chief Executive Kerrie Freeman said Ipswich Hospital staff and patients were
grateful to see the volunteers again in time for International Volunteer Day on Saturday 5
December.

“We have missed our lovely volunteers and are so glad to welcome them back into the West
Moreton family,” Dr Freeman said.

Mrs Price, 65, who has volunteered at the hospital for more than three years, said she was happy to
be back at the hospital in time to spread some Christmas cheer.

“One little patient looked up while we were hanging the lights and her face just lit up,” Mrs Price
said.

“It’s so lovely to see.”

 Ipswich Hospital Foundation volunteers Murray and Joanne Price

The Christmas cheer could not have been completed without the kind donations from Bunnings
outlets at Bundamba, Springfield and West Ipswich.

IHF’s Christmas Care Appeal is fundraising for new fold-down chairs by children’s beds to ensure
parents get a good night’s sleep.

For ways you can make a local difference with the Hospital Foundation this Christmas, visit
www.ihfoundation.org.au/christmas-care

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