Albany Community Hospice to celebrate 30 years of service

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser
Helen Roe and Marilyn Webb have helped hundreds of families at the Albany Community Hospice over the past 30 years.
Camera IconHelen Roe and Marilyn Webb have helped hundreds of families at the Albany Community Hospice over the past 30 years. Credit: Liam Croy

Helen Roe and Marilyn Webb have been with the Albany Community Hospice since day one, when the hospice concept was in its infancy and the entire operation was run by volunteers.

In the 30 years since then, the hospice has helped some 3000 families with a loved one who has needed palliative care.

The team have also hosted the odd wedding, going out of their way to help a grandmother or grandfather be there for their family’s special day.

Next month, Albany residents are asked to come together to celebrate the role the hospice plays in the community at a 30th anniversary gala celebration.

“It is really about reflecting and celebrating all the good work that has been done,” support coordinator Sonya Coleman said.

“Our community has helped us to make sure that nobody is denied access to palliative care because they can’t afford it.”

The hospice was founded in November, 1990 by Hugh Galloway with the support of entrepreneurs Paul and Joan Terry.

Ms Roe — Mr Galloway’s sister — and her fellow veteran volunteer Ms Webb are links to those first days of the hospice.

“It will be a great opportunity for us to share stories,” Ms Coleman said.

“Wherever I go, people stop and tell me about someone they know that has been to hospice over the 30 years.”

The gala celebration will take place at the Albany Entertainment Centre from 5.30pm on Friday, February 7.

Everyone is welcome. Tickets are available at trybooking.com.

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