THE end of a long and busy shift came around too quickly once again and nurse Bev Parry, six months into her nursing career, headed for home.
Thinking back on her shift she remembered a patient that she felt hadn’t received the best of her time that day and in true Bev style, according to Nurse Unit Manager Sue MacLean, Bev returned on her day off the next day to read to her.
It’s this passion for helping others that will see Bev shave her head to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Gympie Hospital.
With the support of the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Bev is calling on all Gympie businesses to get behind a fundraising campaign for the Gympie Hospital Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Unit starting with a fundraising dinner on May 29 at Silky Oak Tea Gardens, Goomboorian.
Inspired by a patient, a single mum her own age unable to leave the ward and about to leave behind two teenage daughters, Bev decided to raise $5000 to paint the walls, hang fresh curtains and generally brighten up the rooms for families spending their final days with a loved one.
The Sunshine Coast Health Foundation also plans to introduce a patient biography service, currently underway at Nambour and Caloundra Hospitals.
Volunteers work with palliative care patients, documenting their life stories for the families left behind.
The dinner starts at 6pm and on the night Bev, her partner Peter and the venue owner Darryl will shave their heads to raise money for the unit at Gympie Hospital.
Tickets are available from Bev at Gympie Hospital on 5489 8520 or by phone at the Health Foundation on 5470 6133 for $30 each, which includes a two course meal and entertainment.
Please support the Gympie Hospital fundraising campaign by contacting the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation on 5470 6133, visiting www.healthfoundation.com.au to buy tickets to the event or make a tax deductible donation to Bev’s head shave.