WHEN 5am on a Tuesday rolls around, 82-year-old Vilma Hunter hops into her car at Cooks Hill and makes her way to the John Hunter Hospital to volunteer.
Mrs Hunter said she was at the hospital by 5.30am, washing premature baby clothes and patients' nightwear.
She has given her time to the hospital for 22 years.
Mrs Hunter said she would not have it any other way.
"I love doing this - you can't stop me," she said.
"I've always thought I was 23 instead of 83."
Mrs Hunter is also on-call at the hospital's KC's Gift Shop and has organised raffles and fund-raisers.
Last year Mrs Hunter and the volunteers raised more than $461,000.
The money paid for new medical equipment and new beds in the wards.
The upbeat volunteer said after she retired from Woolworths she had been busy with community work.
She volunteered at the Royal Newcastle Hospital for 21 years until it closed.
Helping the Cancer Council, the Easter show and the 2000 Olympics are just some ways Mrs Hunter has helped.