THE KILMORE & District Hospital Auxiliary Christmas raffle has been a success with a raised total of $4536.50 thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers at Coles in Kilmore and Wellington Square Shopping Centre in Wallan.

The Coles raffle raised $1470 over a two week period with first prize being a $150 voucher to Fowles Winery.

Wellington Square Shopping Centre raised $3066.50 with many of its stores offering vouchers for their goods or services.

Wallan Gift Ware owners John and Janet Preston said the community really got behind the cause.

“Many stores in the centre donated, from meat vouchers to fashion, to hair and manicures,” Mr Preston said.

“We had the hospital Auxiliary providing volunteers to sell tickets. Full marks to our centre manager Janene and Wellington square for organising it and being fully behind it.”

Ms Preston said federal funding only goes so far so the hospital relies on donations to offer extra support to those in need.

“We’re lucky to have a hospital here and have it expanding – very few regional areas have that facility so we need to support it,” she said.

“This money can help pay for things like air-conditioning and refrigerators for the elderly.”

The Kilmore & District Hospital Auxiliary wishes to thank Coles, those who donated and all Auxiliary members and volunteers for selling the tickets.