The Narrabri Hospital Auxiliary is preparing for the reopening of the hospital kiosk.

However, a prolonged COVID hiatus means the group needs volunteer support from the community to enable the facility’s reopening.

The hospital kiosk serves as the auxiliary’s primary fundraiser, however, the arrival of COVID two years ago saw the coffee shop shut.

The start of the new financial year has been set as the aim to reopen the facility to ensure the group can continue to raise vital funds towards hospital equipment and projects.

“We really do need more volunteers to run the kiosk,” auxiliary president Tricia Hadley said. “Most of our volunteers are over the age of 70.

“We would like to think that from July 1 we could be ready to open.”

Mrs Hadley said the auxiliary and representatives from the hospital had been meeting to work out the finer details of the reopening.

While the pandemic curtailed the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts, the auxiliary has been finding whatever opportunity it can to raise funds through raffles and hundred clubs.

“We have still been getting donations. The community is very generous,” treasurer Neurelle McTaggart said.

The hospital kiosk serves as a comfortable spot where patients, staff and visitors are able to source, cold and hot drinks, snacks and lunches as well as essential items like newspapers and magazines.

To volunteer at the kiosk contact 0427 834 286.

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