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Friends of Kepnock Grove leave a special legacy

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The final membership of the Friends of Kepnock Grove Auxiliary with foundation members Edna Clitheroe and Jan Leahy seated together in the front row, far left

Carinity has paid tribute to members of a community group which tirelessly fundraised to help Bundaberg seniors live better lives.

Over 27 years, the Friends of Kepnock Grove auxiliary group raised around $150,000 to support the residents of Kepnock Grove aged care, which has been operated by Carinity since 2013.

Money raised from fundraisers such as cake stalls, fashion parades and running canteens funded a chapel, air conditioning, pergola, animal farm visits and medical aids such as patient hoists and nursing beds.

Robotic therapy animals and a brain trainer computer, used to stimulate the memory and cognitive skills of older people with living dementia, were also funded by Friends of Kepnock Grove.

Sadly, the effects of COVID-19 on fundraising opportunities, an ageing member base, and the challenges of filling committee positions led to the group recently being dissolved.

The auxiliary group was established in 1994, two years after the integrated Kepnock Grove retirement village and aged care community opened.

The Kepnock Grove board gave the auxiliary $100 “to start the ball rolling” for their fundraising.

Over the years, membership of the auxiliary included Kepnock Grove retirement village residents, family and friends of aged care residents, local church members and other supporters from the community.

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Lyn Doyle was the inaugural Secretary of the Friends of Kepnock Grove and held the position for most of the group's 27-year existence

Three women – Lyn Doyle, Edna Clitheroe and Jan Leahy – were members since Friends of Kepnock Grove’s inception and remained involved until this year.

Lyn was the first secretary and held the role when the group was wound up.

The Doyles worked at the Kepnock Grove nursing home, Lyn as an evening nurse and husband Frank as its inaugural groundsman, and moved into the adjacent retirement village three years ago.

Lyn said while it was disappointing that the auxiliary wouldn't continue, she admitted it was “nice to leave a legacy” for Bundaberg’s elderly.

“What motivated me was helping the residents and staff improve things at the aged care home and helping to make their lives more enjoyable,” Lyn said.

“We were always a happy band of people.”

Carinity Kepnock Grove Residential Manager Jodie Little said the auxiliary was a valued supporter whose contributions to improving the lives of Bundaberg’s elderly would be greatly missed.

“Thousands of residents who have lived with us have benefited from the vision and dedication of Friends of Kepnock Grove,” Jodie said.

“It is regrettable that the group is no more, however their selfless and hard-working members and fundraisers leave a special legacy.

“Most of all, their contributions have helped our residents to live happy and comfortable lives and created cherished special memories and experiences for them, their families, our carers and staff.

“We gratefully appreciate this and are so thankful that people in the Bundaberg community care for our seniors as much as Carinity does.”

Find out more about Carinity Kepnock Grove at here or by phoning 4131 2222.

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