Donation honours family’s memory

Phil Brown, from Mandurah Districts Rotary Club, Frank Wheel, from Mandurah City Rotary Club, Michelle Pritchard, from Mandurah Rotary Club, Tony Free, from Mandurah Centrals Junior Football Club, and Colin Gilbert, from Mandurah City Rotary Club.
Phil Brown, from Mandurah Districts Rotary Club, Frank Wheel, from Mandurah City Rotary Club, Michelle Pritchard, from Mandurah Rotary Club, Tony Free, from Mandurah Centrals Junior Football Club, and Colin Gilbert, from Mandurah City Rotary Club.

Sixteen-year-old Ben, 13-year-old Georgie and their father Brett Spies (48) died after a fire ripped through their tent at the Timbertop Caravan Park in May last year.

The $14,000 cheque, comprising donations collected by Mandurah’s three Rotary clubs, Mandurah Centrals Junior Football Club and the public for the funeral of the Spies family, was presented to PMH Burns Unit clinical head Tania McWilliams at a presentation ceremony at the Rotary Club of Mandurah City, RAAFA Meadow Springs.

The money will fund the Spies Family Burns Nursing Retention Program, which will assist in retaining highly specialised paediatric burns nurses at the hospital and attracting new nursing staff.

PMH Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said the Spies Family Burns Nursing Retention Program honoured the family through aiming to continuously improve nursing care and patient outcomes at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Burns Unit.

‘It’s fitting that the money so generously donated by the Mandurah community has not only helped to lay the Spies family to rest with dignity but will also assist in establishing PMH’s Total Care Burns Unit as an international leader in burns care,’ Mr Pearce said.