Women donate TV to hospital

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 14:48 20/12/2012
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Gwen Brown, right, hands over a television and DVD player to senior midwife Billie-Jean McManus, left, and clinical midwife leader Mel Rackham, centre, for the neo-natal unit at Southland Hospital.

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Between knitting, chatter and cups of tea, a group of Invercargill women have spread a bit of joy this Christmas.

Precious Babies Southland has been holding raffles at its monthly meetings to raise money to buy a television for one of the birthing suites in the neo-natal unit at Southland Hospital. Now they have finally been able to buy the television, along with a DVD player for the area.

The television will be placed in a delivery room and will benefit hundreds of mothers.

Precious Babies Southland president Gwen Brown said the group thought the television would be fitting for the unit and could be used for a range of purposes.

Clinical midwife leader Mel Rackham said the television was a welcome addition.

Precious Babies Southland already donates a lot of time to the unit, knitting gowns, hats and blankets for the premature babies who are too small for regular clothing and for babies that have been delivered early and have not survived.

For many mothers who have lost a baby the clothing is special gift and a precious memory.

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- Invercargill Eye

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