Lithgow UHA: Brightening the day of mothers in hospital

Members of Lithgow branch of United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) have continued on with the tradition of visiting women in hospital and giving a gift on Mothers’ Day. 

PRESENTS: Lithgow UHA president Jean Hills with some of the hand-made goodies delivered to mums. Picture: SUPPLIED.

PRESENTS: Lithgow UHA president Jean Hills with some of the hand-made goodies delivered to mums. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Janet Hayden is credited with having started the tradition of gift giving on Mothers’ Day in Australia in 1923. 

Janet Hayden lived in Leichhardt and whilst visiting a friend in hospital, Janet was struck by the number of patients who were lonely, ageing mothers. 

Janet began a campaign for people to donate presents to give to them. School children and local businesses donated all sorts of goodies to the mothers. 

Lithgow UHA members offered beautiful hand-made craft and chocolates, which were well received by lady patients.