Supporting sick kids and their families when they need it most

We are always there to offer a helping hand to families, provide a welcome distraction with fun and games, and bring a smile to the face of a sick child and their family.

Our volunteers work across various areas of the hospital – helping parents find their way to an appointment, providing a shoulder of support while a child is in surgery or entertaining sick kids and their siblings with bedside play.

A big part of what we do is giving kids in hospital the thing they crave most – the chance to laugh, smile, have fun and just be kids. That’s why we organise a number of events, activities and hospital visits from celebrities and entertainers throughout the year.

Donation Guidelines

We cannot accept pre-loved goods of any kind. Many patients have trouble fighting infections, so the hospital has this rule to reduce the chance of bugs entering the hospital.

Button battery toys cannot be accepted or used within Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital or the broader Children’s Health District locations.

All toys must be free of sharp protrusions or points that might cause an injury. Toys for very young children and toddlers must also be free of buttons, pins or other small objects that could be swallowed or inserted in nasal passage.

We are not able to give out food or toys with toxic substances for example, glowsticks.

We are unable to accept balloons, because the hospital is latex-free environment.

We are not able to give out items that are political, controversial, religious or offensive, nor can we give out toy guns or weapons.

Please do not wrap your donations. We have to unwrap any wrapped donations before we can give the present to a child.

We are unable to accept knitted blankets, however knitted beanies, bears and toys are acceptable.

Our wish list and great gift ideas for the kids

Please keep in mind that many of these children will be confined to beds or wards, so toys they can play with straight away are better than toys that might have to stay in the box a bit longer, for example, outside toys, pool toys, skateboards, scooters, bikes, and pogo sticks.

Great presents for babies and toddlers include things that can be cleaned easily and do not have soft parts.

  • Rattles, Duplo, push/pull toys, noise-makers, light-up toys, interactive and/or musical toys, plastic baby mobiles, board books, and plastic books.

Teenagers are often overlooked and we always need more presents for this age group.

  • Current CDs or DVDs (please check cover for warnings), Big W/Kmart/Target vouchers, iTunes cards, photo frames, caps, hair accessories, puzzle books, board games, stationery such as notepads, pens, pencils and bags/wallets.

Often families arrive at the hospital in crisis and do not have any personal items on them.

  • T-shirts, shorts, skirts, pyjamas, underwear, shoes (thongs) for all ages, including adult sizes.
  • Toiletries – travel size toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, brush, comb, body wash etc.
  • Small containers of bubbles
  • Small containers of Play Doh 50g tubs
  • Colouring pencils and pens
  • Colouring and activity books
  • Stickers
  • Plastic tea and kitchen sets
  • Duplo
  • Lego
  • Trains and train tracks
  • Themed toys (Peppa Pig, Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol, Thomas the Tank etc.)
  • Trucks and cars
  • Activity or craft packs in sealed packaging
  • Toys that light up (but do not contain button batteries)
  • Board and card games that can be played in bed by young kids up to 18 years old
  • Cause and Effect toys for under-2s that don’t contain button batteries (e.g. Fisher-Price toys with sounds and lights)
  • Brand new books (Where’s Wally, Princess Books, Cars, teenage reading etc.)
  • Vouchers for teenagers (Big W, Kmart, Target, movie vouchers etc.)
  • Sleeping masks for children

Where do I send my donation?

Children’s Hospital Foundation
Volunteer Services, Room 2b
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Can I drop off my donations?

You can drop off donations to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (Volunteer Services, Room 2b) anytime between 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Please call us on 07 3068 1662 to let us know when you are coming.

You can park in the main driveway on Raymond Terrace while dropping of your donation.

Hand Delevery

Children’s Hospital Foundation
Volunteer Services, Room 2b
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

By Post:

Att: Volunteer Services
Children’s Hospital Foundation
PO Box 8009
WOOLLOONGABBA QLD 4102