31 May 2016 At the hospital

VOLUNTEER WEEK: Comforting concerned parents


Perry is a dedicated Operating Theatre Support volunteer with the Children’s Hospital Foundation. He assists parents whose children are having surgery by explaining procedures, assisting them with theatre gowns, and spending time with family members in the waiting room. The company and reassurance of volunteers like Perry helps ease anxiety for families as they wait for their child to finish in theatre and start their recovery.

Perry joined as a volunteer more than five years ago after taking a tour of our children’s hospital.

“What can I say – my heart was stolen” Perry says, and quickly signed up to become a Children’s Hospital Foundation volunteer.

Perry said his volunteer role is to look after parents, allowing medical staff to focus on the child.

“My role is a simple way of helping parents take care of those little worries, so they can concentrate on their really important mission – to help their child get well.”

Perry’s role with the Children’s Hospital Foundation not only helps parents and children, but it also highlights the real difference our volunteers make in many lives, every day at Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Last year, our operating theatre support volunteers assisted over 8,600 families.