A lasting legacy in support of trauma care

Marjorie Tivendale used the power of a residual bequest to make a difference that will be felt at the RCH for years to come.

An active and social woman all her life, Marjorie passed away at the age of 95. After providing for personal bequests in her Will, she directed that all of her residual estate benefit the research and treatment of children in the hospital’s Burns Unit.

This remarkable and transformative gift was made in loving memory of her sister Effie and brother-in-law Alwin Seidel. Together, they have an enduring legacy at the hospital, which is providing vital care to sick children, just as Marjorie wished.

As the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria, the RCH sees a vast number of critical cases every year. With a responsibility to treat the most severely injured children, it’s essential that the RCH remains at the forefront of trauma care. Associate Professor Warwick Teague is ensuring this happens.

As the Director of the RCH Trauma Services, he leads a team which oversees the hospital’s protocols and procedures for the care of severely injured children.

A/Prof Teague is passionate about ensuring the processes around trauma care are well maintained and, where possible, improved.

“This gift has been wonderful, humbling and inspiring. It is a testament to the importance placed by many, including Marjorie on the care of children with burns, and the participation of the RCH in that care,” said A/Prof Teague.