Centre ready to open doors

HELEN Murray is about to receive the first guests at the Hilltop carer accommodation centre in East Albury.

The centre’s manager said yesterday the first guests at the almost finished centre, built for the Fight Cancer Foundation with Rotary, Lions and Zonta, would check in next month.

Ms Murray joins the centre from Border Medical Oncology, which she helped Dr Craig Underhill establish 14 years ago.

She said her administration role with that service would help her host carers, patients and families at the 20-room centre.

“A lot of thought has gone into the centre, which we hope will be a home away from home,” Ms Murray said.

“We are trying to get that home feel.”

The public appeal for $2.8 million has reached $2.638 million.

Management committee member Alf Armstrong said while appeal had gone well “we still need almost $162,000”.

Rotary, Lions and Zonta Clubs have donated more than $760,000, business $800,000 and private donors $600,000.

NSW Health has given $750,000 and the federal Health Department $1.5 million. The Victorian government is yet to donate.

Cheques can be made to Fight Cancer Foundation Albury Wodonga Appeal at PO Box 17, Wodonga Vic 3690.

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