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Let’s get to know one of our volunteers, Anne-Maria Falvey

By | Recent, Volunteer

As a part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration, we will share stories about our wonderful volunteers and highlight their contributions to the local community.
Let’s get to know Anne-Maria Falvey!

Anne-Maria Falvey is one of the three finalists in the Volunteering Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award 2022. Presented in honour of an individual who has made an exemplary voluntary contribution and who through their volunteering has made a significant impact on Queensland’s well-being.

Anne-Maria has been volunteering at Ipswich Hospital for 11 years since starting in 2010.

During this time, Anne-Maria has been a long-standing Meet & Greet hospital volunteer, the friendly face of the hospital entrance, assisting patients and visitors find their way around the hospital.

Anne-Maria also plays the piano for patients and usually plays Santa visiting the patients and staff of West Moreton Health at Christmas.

She volunteers in the Oncology Day Unit, supporting patients as they await and undergo their Chemotherapy treatments in more recent times.
All the work Anne-Maria does in our community in addition to IHF. For example, on most afternoons, Anne-Maria will drive out to collect end-of-day baked goods from various bakeries around the Ipswich Area and deliver them to Rosie’s – Friends of the Street for outreach teams to distribute to local churches and nursing homes.

Anne-Maria volunteers with Rosies on two of their street van teams. She also assists St Vincent de Paul Society Ipswich with their Monday outreach home visits and volunteering at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ipswich’s Coffee on Wednesday (COWS) morning tea program. They serve free coffee and a chat to those in need of social support.

Anne-Maria is a tireless volunteer who cares for every person she meets.

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Five siblings donate two iPads to Ipswich Hospital

By | Fundraising, Recent

Five siblings have donated two iPads to the Palliative Care Unit at Ipswich Hospital in memory of their late parents.

The donation by siblings Sheila, Sara, Ian, Helen and Celia fulfilled their father’s last wish by giving other palliative care patients the means to communicate with their loved ones during COVID-19 restrictions.

Both of their parents passed away in 2021 after lengthy illnesses.

One sibling, Helen Jarvis, said the palliative care team at Ipswich Hospital respected and supported her parents’ wishes to pass away at home.

“My mum had dementia, and Dad was her primary carer. His journey with prostate cancer started 14 years ago, so it was a tough role for Dad. That’s why we stepped in and did what we could to look after them.

“But we couldn’t have done it without the support of the palliative care team. They made the experience so much more pleasant. We always knew the palliative care team was there for us when things got difficult.”

Helen’s sister Sara said her parents settled in Camira after migrating to Australia in 1974 and brought up nine children in the house where they lived for 47 years.

“That was their castle,” Sara said. “They didn’t want to be in the hospital at the end of their journey, so giving them the ability to pass away at home was huge.

“Dad was mostly at home with us caring for him, and the palliative care team would visit to give him a tune-up. Dad had a couple of days in the hospital to adjust his medication, and then came back home when he was stable.

“COVID made it difficult to contact Dad when he was in hospital as he couldn’t use a mobile phone. One of his last wishes was to donate some iPads. Hopefully other families will benefit from being able to see their loved one on FaceTime or Skype. Every minute with your loved one counts at the end of their journey.”

Palliative Care Unit Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Kylie-Anne Dempster, said the donation would mean a lot to patients and their families.

“COVID restrictions have brought many challenges that we’ve never had to deal with before,” Ms Dempster said. “Not being able to be with a loved one at the end of their life greatly affects patients and their families. Now they will be able to communicate with their loved one via FaceTime thanks to this thoughtful donation.”

Ms Dempster said she remembered the siblings’ father Colin very well, describing him as “a very strong character with a very gentle soul”.

To find out how you can give back to the community through a donation to your local public hospital, visit: https://www.ihfoundation.org.au.