The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has just completed another Bandaged Bear Appeal month (March). A month of fundraising activities like our Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson Walk for Kids with Cancer, a 26km walk from the MCA to Manly that raised over $300,000 for our Oncology Dearpartment. It’s also a month where we celebrate the many amazing individuals that make the hospital great.People like Rhonda who has been a grandparent to six of our patients. Rhonda is one of our ward grandparents, volunteering her time two days a week to spend with some of our long-term patients while giving Mum and Dad some reprieve. Her days at the Hospital are often spent sitting with, playing with, entertaining and comforting a young child to help alleviate some of the stress of the parents and bring back some normality to their lives. As a ward grandparent, Rhonda looks after the same patient for the duration of their stay in hospital, building some very special connections along the way.
“As ward grandparents, we treat the children we care for like they are their own family; we share their milestones, we laugh with them, sometimes we cry with them and most times, we eventually get to see them go home. Nothing compares to that feeling, it is just brilliant.”