Aisles of smiles for sick kids
The Palmerston North Hospital children's ward is to get new medical equipment after a surprise $37,000 donation from the national Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.
Now in its seventh year, the appeal raised $1.2 million for 10 dedicated children's hospitals and wards around New Zealand.
Every year two hospitals are also selected to receive additional funds - this year Palmerston North is one of these hospitals.
A simulator baby for staff training and a biliblanket for babies with jaundice were top of the wish-list for the ward, child health service manager Robyn Williamson said.
"We're very excited to receive the donation, it was an absolute surprise," she said.
"It was something we didn't account for and is a wonderful Christmas present - the efforts [of the fundraisers] have just been outstanding."
The donation will be added to the Children's Ward Donation Fund, currently holding $8000.
Countdown Kelvin Grove store manager Wayne Law, who presented the donation, said: "We've seen 169 miles run on a treadmill, 250 kilometres biked around the Bay of Plenty and we couldn't overlook the great South Island fundraiser, a cheese roll sale with over 5000 cheese rolls made."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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