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Author: Peter Marquet

Join the Greater in helping the babies of Maitland

Our Rutherford Branch Manager Peter Marquet is urging Maitland based businesses to join The Greater in getting behind an appeal to help the local hospital to better care for sick babies.  

When we saw the Maitland Mercury’s front page story about Maitland Hospital staff fundraising for desperately needed equipment to treat an increasing number of babies requiring urgent care, we knew we had to help.

The Greater Building Society has helped to kick-start the CosyCot campaign with a $5,000 donation. Many of The Greater’s customers and staff use the hospital and the donation is being made on their behalf. 

Greater Building Society Rutherford Branch Manager Peter Marquet gives Maitland Hospital emergency department nurse Jackie Searle a cheque for $5,000 for the CosyCot Appeal. 

Maitland Mercury Editor, Liz Tickner, my fellow Maitland area Branch Managers and I are encouraging other Maitland businesses and community members to support the campaign As a father and grandfather I know I want to ensure that our local hospital has the right equipment to care for local kids, or save a child’s life.

Topping the list of needed equipment is a mobile bassinet unit (known as a CosyCot) which has a price tag of $28,000.  The CosyCot is designed to allow resuscitation of a baby in the safest way possible. 

The Hospital’s emergency department nurses and clerical staff are hosting a black tie fundraiser on Saturday, November 10, at Telarah Bowling Club. Tickets for the event are available by phoning the hospital on 4939 2000. 

You can make donations for the CosyCot appeal at the Maitland Mercury’s office at 555 High Street, Maitland or at The Greater’s Rutherford, Maitland, Greenhills or Beresfield branches.  These branches are also selling tickets for the Appeal’s raffle. First prize is a $1,000 voucher to stay at the Hunter’s Eaglereach Resort. Tickets are $5. The raffle will be drawn on the night of the black tie fundraising extravaganza this weekend.


Have you supported the CosyCot Appeal? Or have you had to have your baby cared for at Maitland Hospital. Share your story below.  


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