Birches bus to bring joy to residents

CLiaison's picture August 25, 2017


Pictured: Rohan Fitzgerald, Marilyn Lyons, John Fenton, Eryn Cottier, Peter Tew, Faye Gumley, Birches residents Dot and June

Residents of the Birches Aged Care facility will soon have even more reasons to smile, with the Birches Auxiliary launching a fundraising campaign to purchase a new bus.

The 11 seater bus will be wheelchair accessible and will transport residents to activities and events and on day-trips around the region.

The cost is expected to be in the vicinity of $70,000 and Birches Auxiliary President, Faye Gumley says it will make a very real difference to the lives of residents.

“This bus is something that has been high on our list of priorities since the Birches Auxiliary was established four years ago.

Currently we rely on the availability of the Grange bus to support the lifestyle program, so it will be of great benefit to both residents and staff to have a dedicated bus for the facility,” Mrs Gumley said.

Western District Health Service (WDHS) Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says the new bus will give staff greater flexibility in the delivery of lifestyle activities to enhance resident wellbeing.

“Regular outings and social opportunities support residents to form meaningful friendships with each other, staff and volunteers and contribute significantly to their emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

They also help residents pursue their interests, develop new ones, and provide an invaluable sense of community involvement and engagement,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

If you would like to support the Birches Auxiliary in their fundraising activities for a new bus for residents, please contact WDHS Community Liaison on 5551 8540.