Valued volunteer a worthy winner

Rae Endersby standing in ward corridor with hand on trolley
Friends of Murray Districts Hospital President, Rae Endersby
November 22, 2019

Long-serving Murray Districts Hospital volunteer Rae Endersby was surprised when she was announced as the WA Seniors Awards’ Regional Volunteer of the year.

Despite her reaction Rae is a truly worth winner, having been a stalwart of the Friends of the Murray Districts Hospital for 30 years, with the last 20 as president.

Rae was happily enjoying a high tea with family members at the awards’ presentation this month when her name was announced.

“I had no idea I would win,” Rae said. “It’s just part of what I do.”

Rae (78) who lives in Mandurah and has three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, helps run three stalls and three raffles a year to raise funds for small, extra items for the hospital.

Recently FOMDH bought a blanket warmer and an ice-maker for use by patients.

With other FOMDH members on a roster Rae also “pushes the trolley around” giving patients access to goodies and toiletries.

She is also a member of another local charity Ladies with Heart.

Rockingham Peel Group Executive Director Kath Smith said Rae was very deserving of the award.

“This award is a fitting recognition of Rae’s dedication over so many years,” Kath said. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of Rae and all our volunteers to provide extra comfort for patients.”

Fellow South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) volunteer Angi McCluskey from Fremantle Hospital  also took at an award for Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year.

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