Lifetime spent improving hospital auxiliary

Margaret Garlick receives flowers from members of the Nanango Hospital Auxiliary for her lifetime of service to the Nanango Hospital. Picture: Contributed

Well-loved and known Nanango identity Margaret Garlick was recognised for her lifetime dedication to the Nanango Hospital Auxiliary.

The volunteer was surprised when she was presented a beautiful arrangement of flowers by members of the auxiliary last Friday, 25 March.

Mrs Garlick was one of the founding members of the Nanango Hospital Auxiliary which was formed in 1979 by Matron May Treeby at the helm.

Taking on many roles, Mrs Garlick worked tirelessly for the auxiliary.

She was secretary for a number of years and then treasurer for the remainder of the 42 years until ill-health forced her to relinquish her role on the committee.

During the more than four decades of volunteering with the auxiliary, she helped fundraise to buy new equipment for the Nanango Hospital to better the comfort of patients.

Over the last couple of years, the auxiliary has worked hard to upgrade the Palliative Care ward with new paint work, a new TV and cabinet, a refrigerator, new comfy chair and lounge/ bed.

Mrs Garlick was very influential in helping make this happen to ensure the patients and their families were comfortable.

Her fellow volunteers from the Nanango Hospital Auxiliary thanked Mrs Garlick for her lifetime achievement of services rendered to the auxiliary.

“Margaret, a hearty congratulations on your retirement from a job well done,” they said.

“We thank you for your dedication and commitment to caring for our community and we wish you well.”