Volunteer extraordinaire raising vital funds

Marianne Marshall has volunteered at the Ipswich Hospice Care (IHC) for the past 16 years, creating gift cards to sell and raise funds that go towards vital support and care for patients.

Using her own fuel, money and time, Marianne absorbs the costs involved in creating the cards before making the rounds to the businesses across Ipswich which stock them, including Queens Park Café and Brothers Rugby League Club, to collect funds raised from the sales.

Sales which have amassed thousands of dollars of support for IHC over the years, and Marianne has no intention of stopping now.

“I like to highlight the free services of the IHC which provides much needed palliative options for all Ipswich residents,” Marianne said.

“To assist IHC with ongoing costs, I joined the IHC volunteer craft group, who meet weekly and produce articles for sale online and through market stalls.

“It is important to let the Ipswich people know that caring alternative measures are available to everyone.”

Marianne and the IHC said they are always on the lookout for other businesses that might be willing to help by stocking the gift cards, which sell for four dollars.

“Any other restaurants, cafes, surgeries or businesses that would like to come on board and give us a go and further support IHC to continue to provide much needed palliative care to our local communities would be wonderful,” Marianne said.

The craft ladies can be contacted via their gift shop through the IHC website.

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