Sorted old photos bring joy to Craigie hostel residents

SINCE retiring, Heathridge resident Diane Price has spent countless hours sorting thousands of photos for residents at a Craigie aged care facility.

Over the past two years, the keen scrapbooker has catalogued more than 3000 photos taken of Mercyville Hostel residents during special occasions and events.

“I worked for Mercyville for more than seven years as a night carer and whenever I had some time in the evening I would go through the many photos that were often not labelled or in order,” Ms Price said.

“I started showing the photos to residents and realised how much they enjoyed reminiscing about various events and when I retired, I decided to volunteer my time to get all of the photo albums up-to-date, and all the people in the images labelled.

“Mercyville is a real home for the residents, and I think every home should have photo albums, so I felt this was the perfect way for me to volunteer.”

Mercy Health WA state manager Anita Ghose said the organisation was extremely appreciative of volunteers like Ms Price.

“We have an incredible group of dedicated volunteers of all ages who help make Mercy Health the real community it is, and we can’t thank them enough for their support,” she said.