Stitch and Chat donate more than $1000 to Meals on Wheels and Hospital Auxiliary

A generous donation to support Upper Lachlan health organisations will help them continue to service the area.

Crafty types and socialites from Stitch & Chat donated more than $1000 to Meals on Wheels and the Crookwell Hospital Auxiliary.

The charitable groups were each gifted $510.

President Greg Seaman explains the organisations funding pressures to Crookwell Hospital Auxiliary president Joyce Edwards and Stitch and Chat's Lynn Sheppard. Photo: Clare McCabe

President Greg Seaman explains the organisations funding pressures to Crookwell Hospital Auxiliary president Joyce Edwards and Stitch and Chat's Lynn Sheppard. Photo: Clare McCabe

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Meals on Wheels president Greg Seaman said the organisation would use the money to make up the cost of the meals, and for police background checks.

"When Meals on Wheels started in 1968, we got a subsidy from the Federal Government," he said.

"Meals cost $4 and we got $3.20.

"We still get that same subsidy."

These days, a three-course meal can cost between $7 to $10 to prepare.

Some 92 volunteers deliver meals as far as Bagtown, Pejar and Grabben Gullen, he said.

"Sometimes we are the only people that they [Meals on Wheels clients] see on that day," Mr Seaman said.

According to the organisation, 24 clients benefit from the delivery of freshly prepared meals in the Upper Lachlan Shire.

The meals are prepared at the Crookwell District Hospital kitchen.

"We are one of the few areas with fresh meals. The kitchen staff does an excellent job," Mr Seaman said.

Hospital Auxiliary president Joyce Edwards thanked the Stitch & Chat group.

"The Hospital Auxiliary will really appreciate this... our hospital works hard for all of us," she said.

Ms Edwards said hospital staff had requested an on-call bed for the locum doctors to rest while on duty.

Stitch & Chat representative Lynn Sheppard said both organisations did so much for the community.

"We heard Meals on Wheels was really struggling with annual fees and payment for meals," she said.

"The other half went to the auxiliary because they do a lot for the hospital and to keep it going."

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