Lismore Base staff rally to fatal crash victim's family

STAFF of Lismore Base Hospital's emergency department are going to "be brave and shave" to help out the family of Clunes' Jake Collins.

Jake, 19, died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Bangalow Rd, Bexhill, on February 5.

His mother, Kyleen, works in the emergency department at the hospital.

In support of their grieving colleague, seven emergency department staff will shave their heads, get their chest waxed or dye their hair.

Organiser, emergency department registered nurse Fiona Mills, said Jake's death hit the Collins family extremely hard, so she and her colleagues were trying to "give the family a hand".

She said hairdresser Patricia Lockrey had kindly donated her time to shave, wax and dye participants.

"We all know it would be pretty tough after losing someone and we thought it might help to raise some money if Kyleen wanted some extra time off work," she said.

Mrs Mills said including a generous donation from Lismore Tyrepower owner Ron Harding they had raised $3000 so far.

"I would like to raise more than $5000 so I encourage local businesses and individuals to donate," she said.

Mrs Mills, wardsman Rick and paramedic Ian Murphy have agreed to shave their heads, Dr Nadeesh will dye his hair blonde and Paul Towner will shave off his handlebar moustache.

Once $3500 is raised former Lismore police officer Ian Murphy has agreed to shave his head and if the figure exceeds $5000 Dr Steven Diamond will wax his chest.

The Collins Family Shave

  • When: Today from 12.30pm
  • Where: Goonellabah Tavern
  • Donations: Phone Fiona Mills on 0448 644 500

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