Pyjamas donated to keep sick children warm

"There are some very sad situations"

ISOBEL EWING
Last updated 05:00 26/04/2014
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WINTER WOOLIES: TDHB play specialist at Taranaki Base Hospital’s children’s ward Sharon Luque, left, accepts 150 pairs of pyjamas donated by North Taranaki Federation president of Women’s Institute, Hazel Dodunski.

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Sick children in Taranaki won't be going cold this winter thanks to a donation of more than one hundred pairs of pyjamas.

The North Taranaki Federation of the Women's Institute (WI) raised $1000 to purchase the 120 pairs of pyjamas from The Warehouse.

The Warehouse then increased this to 150 pairs.

Clinical nurse specialist Jason Burns said the idea was that the pyjamas would be given to the kids to take home.

Burns said the donation was intended for families that were struggling, in need or just caught short when they had to rush to the hospital in an emergency.

"A lot of the kids don't have jammies. Today already we've given out three pairs."

The pyjamas were fire safe, because on the ward they often saw children who had been badly burnt while wearing pyjamas made of polyester, Burns said.

A warm pair of pyjamas could help kids with chest infections or asthma who went home to a cold house, he said.

Federation president Hazel Dodunski said the institute often looked at ways it could support and help the community.

Often children's families couldn't afford to buy warm clothing from the hospice, she said.

"Sometimes the children come in in just a T-shirt and rugby shorts and spend all their time in that. There are some very sad situations."

The Women's Institute sold raffle tickets to raise the funds, with the winner getting a $100 voucher donated by Pak'N Save.

The institute also put $1000 of its Golden Jubilee Special purpose fund towards a new defibrillator for St John ambulance, for use across Taranaki.

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