New beds give Gayndah’s elderly a spring in their step

Gunther Village 2019 Comu Grant Large

Gayndah’s elderly have been given a helping hand to lead better lives after Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland provided a $10,000 grant to Gunther Village Aged Care, on behalf of the local Freemasons.

As one of six community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $50K as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2019 Grassroots Community Grants round, the funds have enabled the purchase of three new Hi-Lo beds.

Gayndah Masonic Lodge representative Bill Turner said their motivation was to help fulfil a need in their local area.

“This is the second year in a row that we have secured a Grassroots Community Grant for the facility which cares for 52 residents, after having secured three Floorline beds for those with limited mobility last year,” Bill said.

“As for the adjustable Hi-Lo beds, these are more suited to mobile residents. As well as waking up feeling refreshed, it will be easier for residents to get in and out of bed independently,” he said.

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of the aged align with their long-term charitable intent.

“One of our key focus areas is to help communities to meet the challenges of an ageing population,” Gary said.

“We would like to acknowledge Gayndah Masonic Lodge for championing this local initiative. It’s wonderful to be able to provide this grassroots support on their behalf,” he said.

Photo: Members of Gayndah Masonic Lodge, including current Master Bill Turner (third from right) alongside Gunther Village representatives including Facility Manager Vicki Boyd (third from left). 

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