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Community shares the magic of Christmas with LRH

A community Carols concert featuring more than 30 local performers will help kick start Latrobe Regional Hospital’s annual Christmas Giving campaign.

Organisers of the concert titled ‘The Magic of Christmas’ have named Latrobe Regional Hospital as its beneficiary.

“This year we want to make Christmas more special by holding an afternoon of beautiful Christmas Carols while raising money and giving back to the community,” organiser Tony Salvatore said.

“We have an ageing population and we know Latrobe Regional Hospital does excellent work in our community so we thought it was a sensible choice to help raise funds for LRH.

“We want to get into the festive spirit and make this Christmas complete by giving back.”

The hospital is aiming to raise $58,000 this Christmas to purchase 28 new beds for the Flynn Unit, the region’s only inpatient facility for people requiring acute support for mental health issues. The existing beds are nearly 20 years old.

Latrobe Regional Hospital Board Chair Kellie O’Callaghan said the new beds would maximise comfort for people on their journey to recovery.

“This major upgrade will improve the quality of care for more than 1000 people admitted to the Flynn Unit every year,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

LRH launched its Mental Health Appeal in May this year to fund improvements to the Flynn Unit’s outdoor courtyards and new services such as a mother and baby unit offering Gippsland women emotional and practical support to connect with their babies.

Ms O’Callaghan said the community had once again embraced the challenge of raising money to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for local people.

“The Mental Health Appeal has also helped drive a community conversation about supporting people with their mental health recovery – how we do that as individuals and as a health service,” she said.

“As Christmas approaches, we’re reminded many people may have personal challenges or feel socially isolated, so this is a good time for all of us to consider how we might be able to reach out to family members, friends, neighbours or work mates.

 “It’s great to see community events like The Magic of Christmas recognising the need to bring people together at this time of year.”

Rehearsals are in full swing for The Magic of Christmas which will feature guest artist, soprano Lorena Stipani who grew up in the Latrobe Valley has just returned from London after five years of training and performing.

The event also brings together talented singers, musicians and choirs for a spectacular afternoon celebrating the sounds and sights of Christmas.

The Magic of Christmas will be held at St Vincent’s Primary School Hall, Rowell Street, Morwell on Sunday 7 December from 2pm-4pm.

Entry is $5 or $15 for a family ticket. Tickets are available from sponsors Money Talk Planners in Morwell, A&P Electronics in Traralgon and Colli’s Hair Design in Moe.