Plun­ket do­na­tion goes to Mid­dle­more’s new­born ba­bies

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Carly Tawhiao

They may be tiny but the im­pact they make this win­ter will be huge.

Mt Al­bert Plun­ket vol­un­teers have do­nated baby cloth­ing to Mid­dle­more hospi­tal’s ma­ter­nity ward af­ter they dis­cov­ered many new­borns were be­ing sent home in just a nappy and a sin­glet or a tod­dler’s tshirt.

The new­born baby items given to Mid­dle­more are what re­main of clothes do­nated by Mt Al­bert fam­i­lies for a fundrais­ing gala sale the branch held last May.

Mt Al­bert’s Plun­ket com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Karen Jane says al­though their first port of call, Auck­land hospi­tal, was well pro­vided for, Mid­dle­more wasn’t.

“It’s dis­tress­ing to know they are ab­so­lutely des­per­ate for clothes to dress new­borns.”

Mid­dle­more charge mid­wife Tish Tai­hia says: “It’s a wel­come ges­ture. We have a lot of mums and fam­i­lies who are un­der-equipped.”

Ms Tai­hia says if any­body wants to do­nate new­born items or wool­lens they can con­tact the South Auck­land Health Foun­da­tion on 270-8808.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Lit­tle booties: Mt Al­bert Plun­ket com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Karen Jane is giv­ing baby out­fits away to fam­i­lies in need. The sur­plus clothes were do­nated by the Mt Al­bert com­mu­nity for their Plun­ket gala day last year.

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