Grant for local care facility

A local care facility has received a major grant, allowing it to upgrade and modify equipment in compliance with new fire safety laws.

The recent introduction of fire safety legislation had placed the future of Imlay House in jeopardy, with modifications and installations in areas of the home’s sprinkler system costing $250,000.

The B M Foundation has stepped in to provide the funds, ensuring the facility, located directly below Pambula Hospital, will be able to cover the cost.

The Imlay House Auxiliary has also raised over $11,000 for a roof sprinkler system.

Its ties to the B M Foundation extend back to 1997, which was formed after a generous bequest from local identity Bridget McPherson, who managed McPherson’s Drapery into her early 100s.

Since it first opened in 1985, Imlay House has expanded to provide 73 high care beds, including 22 dementia-specific beds and nine extra service beds.

It has received generous backing over the years, with donations from the Pambula and Eden auxiliaries and the Pambula Op Shop helping to establish and maintain the facility.

For information on the B M Foundation, or to make a tax deductible bequest, please contact secretary/director Judith Dunne on 6495 9082.

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