Kylie and Mark (grandson) Christensen, Judy and Ray (son) Christensen, Nola Stocks (daughter), Betty Christensen, Michael Charles (son-in-law), Bevan Christensen (son), Jill Payne (daughter), Beverley Christensen (daughter-in-law) and Ann Lucy (daughter) at the Christensen House sod turning.
Kylie and Mark (grandson) Christensen, Judy and Ray (son) Christensen, Nola Stocks (daughter), Betty Christensen, Michael Charles (son-in-law), Bevan Christensen (son), Jill Payne (daughter), Beverley Christensen (daughter-in-law) and Ann Lucy (daughter) at the Christensen House sod turning. Alistair Brightman

Home away from home at hospital always a dream for Roy

BETTY Christensen believes her late husband Roy would've been "so happy" to have seen the sod turning at the new family accommodation arm of the coming St Stephen's Hospital, Christensen House.

"He would say to me, 'Do you think it's going to happen in our time? Do you think it's going to happen in our time?'," she recalled at Friday's official launch of the project in Urraween.

"Well, sadly it didn't (happen in his time) but he would be so happy."

The $1 million facility is to be built in two stages and total 15 units when complete.

Uniting Care Health executive director Richard Royle used his address to brand Christensen House "a marvellous community project" that was bringing people together.

It's expected Christensen House will be completed and ready to be used as a home away from home by families and patients in September.

St Stephen's Hospital general manager Leanne Tones said the community could become involved by making donations online at ststephenshospital.com.au.

She said businesses that could contribute appliances or other goods to help with fitting out the homes should also contact the hospital.



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