Generous donation in honour of beloved grandmother

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Jim Edser (President Crows Nest Golf Club), Jack Thorpe (Desley’s Grandson), Mary-Anne McKenzie (Oakey Health Service), Clay Thorpe (Desley’s Son), Lachlan Thorpe (Desley’s Son), Gary Thorpe (Desley’s Husband).

Jim Edser (President Crows Nest Golf Club), Jack Thorpe (Desley’s Grandson), Mary-Anne McKenzie (Oakey Health Service), Clay Thorpe (Desley’s Son), Lachlan Thorpe (Desley’s Son), Gary Thorpe (Desley’s Husband).

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A local family has paid special tribute to their loved one, by raising funds for the facility where she spent her final days.

Desley Thorpe’s family was extremely grateful for the care provided to her at Oakey Health Service, so decided to hold a charity golf day in her honour.

Her grandson Jack Thorpe is Captain of the Crows Nest Golf Club and along with committee members, organised the ‘Day for Desley’ which attracted more than 100 players.

“Staff at the Oakey Health Service just really looked after her and were so helpful and loving, so we wanted to give something back,” Mr Thorpe said.

“We had family and friends travel from as far as Central Queensland to show their support, and the Golf Club is always supportive of charity events so the entire community really came together for this.”

Hoping to raise a few thousand dollars, the Thorpe family was overwhelmed when the final fundraising tally reached an incredible $13,000.

The money was donated to Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and will go towards upgrading an outdoor BBQ area at Oakey Health Service.

Oakey’s Director of Nursing, Mary-Anne McKenzie said it’s a fitting tribute as Desley loved spending time outdoors.

“It’s really special knowing that such a kind and gentle woman will be remembered this way, and I’d like to thank the Thorpe family for their generosity,” Ms McKenzie said.

“This donation means that we can make our outdoor space a really beautiful area for patients to enjoy for many years to come.”

A morning tea was recently held at Oakey Health Service, where Desley’s family presented the $13,000 cheque to staff.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said fundraising was one of the most powerful ways to help people in our community.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the support of people like the Thorpe family, who are committed to helping us make a difference in the lives of patients and staff at our hospitals,” Ms Kennedy said.