Volunteer Bev, Steggles Cuddle Carer

VOLUNTEER WEEK: The best job in the world

Bev began volunteering for the Children’s Hospital Foundation eight years ago. With a background in nursing and ambulance services, she felt like she could make a real difference to the lives of sick kids and their families at our children’s hospital.

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Bev has a very special voluntary role at the hospital, as a Steggles Cuddle Carer. This program gives parents the opportunity to take a break from their baby’s bedside, consult with medical staff, make phone calls, or just catch up on some sleep. Our Steggles Cuddle Carer volunteers are there to give comfort to babies with a warm cuddle, making a real difference to parents and nursing staff.

“As a cuddle carer, I just love the fact that we can give cuddles to the little ones in need. It is a privilege to share their journey,” Bev said.

Each day, our Cuddle Carers receive feedback from families as well as hospital staff about the great work they do to help assist an unsettled baby.

Last year, our Steggles Cuddle Carers gave out over 2,300 warm and loving cuddles to our sick kids.

Volunteer Week - Perry

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.

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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 Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

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

MASKS Easter visit 2016

Easter at our children’s hospital

Sick kids at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have been receiving many special visitors in the lead up to Easter.

Stefan the hairdresser’s charity ‘MASKS’ (Make A Sick Kid Smile) Foundation kicked off the action last week, with a convoy of police vehicles visiting the hospital. The Easter bunny was escorted by Queensland Police Service officers through the wards to bring big smiles to all the kids.

This week, the Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted a kid’s Easter Party outside the hospital.

Kids were treated to face painting, arts and crafts, visits from farm animals as well as superhero abseiling, police dog encounters, candle making, yummy treats from The Coffee Club and Rydges Hotels & Resorts and much more!

We were also joined by Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Hon. Cameron Dick. The Minister helped give out treats to a huge crowd from the Easter egg hunt as well as mingle with the crowd.

The staff and volunteers from the Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to wish all sick kids and their families a safe and happy Easter!

 

Easter at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

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