Noojee Lea event raises thousands for Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary

This year's Spring Garden Event at Noojee Lea was no tiptoe through the tulips, with the Canowindra Garden Club raising thousands for the Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary.

Members of the Garden Club handed over a cheque for $6700 at an Auxiliary meeting on Monday afternoon.

Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary President, Annette Lynch, said the group was thankful for the Garden Club's fundraising efforts and to the Curran family for the use of their homestead.

"We are very, very grateful for the Garden Club for all their effort they have put into it, it's been a lot of work," she said.

More than $21,000 has been raised by the Garden Club during the past three years, which has allowed the Auxiliary to fund a refurbishment of the hospital's patient lounge.

Canowindra Health Service Manager, Janice Rumph, said the lounge allows patients to spend some time away from their beds.

"We had nowhere for patients to congregate other than their bedroom or the ward," she said.

"That was the best option we had and it was a little bit old and in need of an update."

Ms Rumph said a patient lounge committee was formed, made up of hospital staff, Auxiliary and Garden Club members, before new floors and painting commenced.

She said the refurbishment is almost complete, with the money to be used to buy new furniture.

"We're using old chairs and old things but we would just like to have a final flourish," she said.

Carolyn Wythes from the Canowindra Garden Club said the group will be having a break from hosting the event and encouraged other community groups to put their hand up next year.