Trust donates TV to children's ward

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014
Leonie Mercer and Darrin West

GENEROUS GIFT: Taranaki Base Hospital children's ward nurse manager Leonie Mercer thanks Little Fighters Trust chairman Darrin West for the TV they donated yesterday.

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The children's ward at Taranaki Base Hospital is now even better equipped to entertain sick kids thanks to an Inglewood charity.

The Little Fighters Trust donated a 32" inch television for the ward's playroom and six media players which will let kids watch movies in their rooms.

They plan to donate more so there is one for each child in the ward.

Children's ward nurse manager Leonie Mercer said it was a wonderful donation which would help make the ward more fun and less frightening for the kids.

"We don't want it to be a big scary, clinical place.

"We want it to be a vibrant place for them to come. It makes such a difference."

Little Fighters Trust chairman Darrin West and his family and friends started the trust when his son Jackson died in 2012 aged 21 months after spending most of his life in hospital fighting an uncommon type of leukemia.

Mr West said the group was looking to grow, gain volunteers and sponsorship and add to its usual sausage sizzle fundraising activities, and the donation to the children's ward was one way of doing that.

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