Aussie linen parties help sick kids
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.
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.