Bateman volunteer’s spirit of helping leads to award nomination

Bateman volunteer’s spirit of helping leads to award nomination

BATEMAN’S Valda Wilson spent 20 years helping pregnant women and new mums, many who live below the poverty line or experienced domestic violence or homelessness.

Mrs Wilson will be 70 next month and spends her spare time collecting prams, cots, change tables and car sear from roadside verges, friends and donations made at a local shopping centre.

She cleans, disinfects and repairs the items before delivering them to King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Mrs Wilson has helped more than 200 women provide for their babies amid having to make the difficult decision whether to pay rent, buy food or buy baby items.

She cares full-time for her husband, who has dementia, and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

Mrs Wilson is a finalist in a Volunteering WA annual awards category in which people can vote online for their preferred winner.

The People’s Choice Spirit of Volunteering Award will be announced on May 10.

Vote before Sunday, April 30, to go into the draw to win $1000 for your preferred volunteer’s not-for-profit organisation.

Visit www.volunteeringwa.org.au.