Corcoran Parker and StockInsure have each donated $10,000 to the Alfred Foundation’s Victorian Adult Burns Service, in memory of Trevor Parker.
Mr Parker, a highly regarded partner and director of Corcoran Parker, died in March 2016, after being injured in a fire the January before.
StockInsure chairman of the board Don Wright said it was a privilege to donate the money to such a worthy cause.
“I had a lot to do with Trevor over the years, mainly at agents meetings and at the saleyards,” Mr Wright said.
“You can see the dedication of the nurses and doctors and staff that run the operation at the Alfred, it’s a very worthy cause.”
Following Mr Wright’s presentation at the Alfred on Wednesday, Corcoran Parker director Cameron Hilton announced the company would match the donation dollar for dollar.
“As a partner in business with Trevor and Kevin (Corcoran), it’s a pleasure to donate this money to the hard working team at the hospital,” Mr Hilton said.
Mr Parker’s wife Bernadette, daughter Bridget, mother Betty Simpson, brother Scott, and other family members attended the presentation.
“We very much appreciated the support and care that Trevor got while he was in hospital here, it’s a great hospital, with a great system in place,” Bernadette Parker said.
“We hope that this can be something good to come out of a bad situation, in the hope that fathers down the track can get through something like this a lot easier.”
The Alfred Foundation deputy director Carolyn Williams said they were incredibly grateful for the community support.
“Our government does provide a fantastic health service, but it’s the community that makes the Alfred the super special hospital that it is,” Ms Williams said.
“The burns unit really epitomises that community support, in the desire to provide the best health care to all of Victoria.”
She said this community support can often be most prominent in the face of tragedy.
“Along its whole life, the unit has been supported by the community, often from circumstances that are incredibly tragic, such as Trevor’s death, or the Black Saturday fires, or Bali bombings,” she said.
She said the funding would offer more than just additional facilities.
“As well as those facilities, that provide people the best opportunities to get better, it will help with research and training,” she said.