And, it offers an annual scholarship program for local students studying subjects such as aged care, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, physiotherapy and other health-related studies.

Since the Trust began, a number of scholarships (of up to $5000) have been awarded for a variety of health-related tertiary courses. One scholarship allowed a local student to buy the books he needed to study medical science at the University of Western Sydney. Another eased the pressure of travelling long distances from the mountains to the University of Sydney.

And funding for a number of worthwhile projects has been granted to local businesses or residents to improve the quality of life of people who are ill or have a disability.

These include equipment for Blue Mountains Hospital, a mini-bus for a local respite service, a massage table for Blue Mountains Cancer Help and a grant to fit out a mobile wheelchair-repair workshop.

This support has made a difference to the lives of many people in the Blue Mountains who may not otherwise have had access to this support. It has meant greater mobility, greater social contact, a better lifestyle, and increased peace of mind for many people in the Blue Mountains with serious illness or disability.

The Blue Mountains Health Trust is administered by volunteer Trustees, drawn from the local community, business and the medical profession.

The demands on the Trust are potentially enormous, but the Trust also has the potential to help thousands of people manage their illnesses or disabilities and assist many young people to gain the qualifications they need to help their local community.

We need to continue to increase this valuable source of funds, to allow us to do more. Please help us to continue making a difference. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Click here to make a donation.