Commercial Club keeping the kids local

A DONATION to the Albury hospital’s children’s oncology ward has helped in the fight to keep cancer treatment local, the ward manager said yesterday.

The Commercial Club donated $18,000 to the Albury hospital auxiliary to buy televisions, a bladder scanner and vital-signs monitor.

The scanner allows staff to determine any issues without an invasive catheter, having its own monitor ensures the unit doesn’t have to compete to use one, and the televisions, well, they’re for good old entertainment.

“You can’t have enough distraction for the kids,” unit manager Sam Peet said.

“When they come in here, all they’re worried about is treatment.

“We want it so that all they are worried about is what’s on television,”

She said donations allowed children to be treated on the Border so they didn’t miss as much school and parents didn’t miss work.

“Anything we can do to stop parents and kids travelling is a good thing,” she said.

Commercial Club president Barry Edmunds said some of the donation was directly from staff and it meant a lot to them.

“We donate to many things, but this is as good as it gets,” he said.

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