Picnic table donated for intensive care fundraiser

Job well done . . . Sitting at the picnic table the Taieri Blokes Shed built for the Otago Phoenix Club is (from left) club president Eric Higgins, shed workshop manager Bill Chapple, club and shed member John Young, and shed president Nick Wilson. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A fitness club is hoping to raise money to buy a new fridge for people visiting Dunedin Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Taieri Blokes Shed members spent three mornings building a picnic table as a raffle prize for the Otago Phoenix Club, an exercise and rehabilitation club for heart patients.

The table was given to the club at the shed yesterday.

Club president Eric Higgins said they wanted to buy a fridge for friends and family visiting loved ones in ICU.

Mr Higgins appreciated the work the shed members had put into making the table.

“It’s wonderful.”

Extra funds from the raffle would go towards a foundation which supports medical students, he said.

Taieri Blokes Shed president Nick Wilson said one of the shed’s members was also a member of the Otago Phoenix Club.

“He asked if we could do something to help them out a bit,” Mr Wilson said.

Being part of the shed allowed members to give back to the community and gave them something to do, he said.

“It gives us somewhere to go.”

The shed’s workshop manager Bill Chapple said they had also built things for East Taieri School to use as fundraisers.

Shed members have also created planter boxes for Mosgiel streets and Silverstream School.