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Recognising over 30 Years' of Voluntary Service

Today we farewelled 'Pink Lady' Coordinator, Betty Cooling, after 31 years of service.

Betty Cooling began her 'Pink Lady' career at Gosford Private Hospital back in 1988.

My inspiration to become a Volunteer came whilst a patient in the Mater Hospital in Sydney. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 1987 and after very intensive and radical treatments my surgeon advised me to 'retire from the workforce'.
As a very active and otherwise healthy 58 year old, I needed to plan ahead as my long term goal was to see my grandchildren grow to adults. After trying a number of therapeutic activities such as patchwork and quilting, yoga and relaxation, in April 1988 I was able to drive again and came to North Gosford Private Hospital to volunteer.

When I first arrived, we were a small group of dedicated 'Pink Ladies' (we have 31 now). Our aim is the care and comfort of the patients and I feel a smile is infectious, whilst attending to their flowers or on the trolley round. Over the years we have been able to donate any profit from sales and donations back to the hospital.

I have enjoyed my Volunteer work and feel very proud and privileged to have been part of the hospital for over 30 years."

Thank you Betty for all you have done for our Hospital, our patients, volunteers and staff over the many years.