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.
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.