February 2, 2016

Ryde Hospital Emergency Department (ED) has kicked a goal thanks to a donation from a local football association which donated $13,000 to buy new chairs for patients and their families.

Hospital site manager Matthew Noone said the generous contribution had allowed the tired old ED waiting room chairs to be converted into comfortable new models.

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 "We’re delighted to have scored this wonderful donation – the support from the Association is very much appreciated," Mr Noone said.

"The ED can be a place where patients and their families may have to wait a while after being triaged.

"The old chairs were past their use-by date and we are really pleased to be able to offer people a bit more comfort while they are in the ED waiting room."

Gladesville Hornsby Football Association General Manager, Mark Lockie said the Association ran one of the largest football competitions in NSW, with over 13,000 players from 29 member clubs in Sydney’s north-west.

The association provides local competitions from under-6s through to over-45s, and every year it allocates $1 from every registration fee to a donation fund.

"Ryde Hospital has provided services to our players over many years, so it was only fitting that it should be a beneficiary of our donation fund," Mr Lockie said.

"We are pleased Ryde Hospital was able to make improvements to the Emergency Department with the donation."

The donation was also welcomed by Julie McDonald, chief executive of Ryde Hospital’s fundraising arm, the Kolling Foundation.

"This was a very generous gesture by the Football Association and we are delighted they chose our hospital for this donation," Ms McDonald said.

The Kolling Foundation is now raising money towards a new operating traction table for Ryde Hospital and donations can be made at www.kolling.com.au

More information on Gladesville Hornsby Football Association can be found at www.ghfa.com.au