Tanya’s Success

Friday, 8 March 2013
When it comes to supporting families at their most emotional time, nothing is too hard for Portland District Health’s Tanya Doran.

After using a sleeper chair while staying with son at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Ms Doran decided families at Harbourside Lodge would benefit from a similar piece of equipment.

So she set about raising the money to make it a reality.

Ms Doran’s efforts have now paid off and the new sleeper chair is in use at Harbourside Lodge.

The palliative care link nurse raised nearly $3000 through raffles and securing donations to purchase and transport the chair, and will now complete the package with fitted sheets and a doona.

The chair folds out to make a solid sleeping mattress for family members who want to stay overnight with their loved ones.

“Having this equipment is an extra incentive for family members to say.  People will feel more comfortable than trying to sleep in a chair.” Mrs Doran said.

“There is not a lot of room in some rooms so this is the best solution.”

The Division Two medication endorsed Enrolled nurse, said the community had rallied to help her raise the money for the sleeper chair.

A queen-sized quilt with a Portland theme was raffled and the fund-raising was also supported by Portland Rotary, Portland Women’s Services Club, community bingo and the Murray to Moyne cycling team.

The sleeper chair has already been used and received a good response from families.

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