Aussie linen par­ties help sick kids

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The sale of linen is set to make a world of dif­fer­ence at Star­ship chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

Aus­tralian-based linen and manch­ester com­pany Lor­raine Lea Linen wants to help im­prove pa­tient care at the hospi­tal and is run­ning a se­ries of spe­cial linen par­ties.

It is aiming to raise $80,000 for the on­col­ogy ward through its Party for Kids with Can­cer ini­tia­tive.

Star­ship Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Young says the re­build of the Star­ship on­col­ogy ward “is vi­tal”.

“Lor­raine Lea’s sup­port will fund eight sin­gle in­pa­tient rooms for pre-teen pa­tients.

“Th­ese rooms will al­low for a par­ent or guardian to sleep along­side their child,” he says.

“Private rooms will al­low th­ese young cham­pi­ons to have the dig­nity and care they de­serve,” Mr Young says.

Now in its ninth year, the Party for Kids with Can­cer fund was es­tab­lished in me­mory of Lor­raine Lea Linen’s founder Peter Ryan, who lost his bat­tle with the dis­ease in 1999.

A dif­fer­ent hospi­tal re­ceives the funds each year.

Last year, more than $75,000 was raised for the Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Lor­raine Lea Linen chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Ryan says it’s ex­cit­ing a New Zealand hospi­tal will ben­e­fit this year.

“For the last few years since we have been ac­tive in New Zealand, our con­sul­tants there have been sup­port­ing fundrais­ing for Aus­tralian hos­pi­tals. With Star­ship as the re­cip­i­ent this year, our Aus­tralian con­sul­tants are very pleased to fi­nally be re­turn­ing the favour,” he says.

Do­na­tions are raised by Aus­tralian and New Zealand sales con­sul­tants when they hold linen and manch­ester par­ties from to­mor­row to Au­gust 31.

The Star­ship Foun­da­tion raises funds to help pro­vide new tech­nol­ogy, vi­tal re­search, boosted fam­ily sup­port and pre­ven­ta­tive pro­grammes.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fundraiser go to www. linen­par­ties.com.

To make a do­na­tion to the Star­ship Foun­da­tion call 3074957 or visit the web­site www. star­ship.org.nz/foun­da­tion.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Vi­tal help: Linen par­ties are be­ing held to raise money for Star­ship hospi­tal’s on­col­ogy ward. Pa­tient Josh McMil­lan, 9, Star­ship Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Young and Lor­raine Lea Linen unit man­ager Ta­nia El­lis check out the linen and teddy bears.

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