Welcome to the August 2019 issue of 'the bandaged bear'.
It is rare for the children who comes through the Hospital’s doors to only need the care of one department: it’s an amazing team of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, social workers and volunteers who are there for our young patients and their families every step of the way through their Hospital journey.
That ‘army of care’ also includes our wonderful, generous supporters as the stories below demonstrate. Thank you for your support!
A Blaze of Glory
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) have supported Clubbe Ward by donating in excess of $3.3 million over the last 30 years. Their generosity has allowed the purchase of new equipment, helped build a new operating suite and funded various positions to ensure children receive the very best burns treatment and rehabilitative care.
Care that matters most
Volunteers are an integral part of our organisation however, there's so much more to being a volunteer than giving back. Our Family Support Volunteers have many facets including providing respite for patients and their families, helping coordinate treatments, providing space for families to be together for end of life care and also bereavement support for parents, siblings and other extended family members. It's an important role that extends beyond the hospital walls and one we strongly advocate for.
An amazing tug of inspiration
Now in its 11th year, the Bob 'Tug' Wilson's Walk for Kids with Cancer has raised more than $1.4 million for the Cancer Centre for Children. The annual event supports patients like five-year-old Chase who was diagnosed with cancer last year. The walk was started by Bob 'Tug' Wilson, who sadly passed away from cancer himself, and his wife, Carol Wilson, who continues his incredible legacy for sick kids.
A wife’s special wish
Catherine Jones (Kate to her friends) first met her late husband Dr Wal Grigor at Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children. Sadly, she lost her life partner in 2012 but has made one final wish in honour of her husband for his dedication to childhood diseases and the pursuit of lifesaving research.