Leeming volunteer prepares to farewell Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation after 20 years

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation mascot Stitches the Bear prepares to say good bye to Leeming resident David Mitchinson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation mascot Stitches the Bear prepares to say good bye to Leeming resident David Mitchinson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

DAVID Mitchinson will say good bye to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation in January after 20 years of volunteering.

Speaking ahead of International Volunteer Day on December 5, the 84-year-old Leeming resident said he initially started volunteering at the organisation, formerly known as the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, because of family reasons.

“My daughter Joanne spent time in Princess Margaret Hospital and my grandson Brock also spent time there,” he said.

“I help out with the mail these days, I’m happy to do my bit and people always show their thanks towards me.

“The foundation is something special; it’s something the community should support.

“When you have children and family that have spent time in hospital you just want to support them in any way you can.”

Initially Mr Mitchinson assisted with selling merchandise at a shopping centre stall but he can now be found in the foundation office helping with the mail-out of donation receipt letters and more recently with the preparation of event packs for the Christmas Lights campaign.

After 20 years of volunteering and thousands of hours of service David will be ‘retiring’ to spend more time at home with his wife Barbara.