Spread­ing the cheer


Staff and vol­un­teers are do­ing their bit to make Welling­ton’s hos­pi­tals merry this Christ­mas.

The in-pa­tient ward at Keneperu Hos­pi­tal re­ceived some fes­tive cheer when mem­bers of the Mana Em­broi­dery Guild dec­o­rated it on Wednesday.

Pat Kee-Sue and Anne Brownie vis­ited the hos­pi­tal on be­half of the Em­broi­dery Guild to present their hand­made dec­o­ra­tions.

Twenty vol­un­teers had been work­ing on the dec­o­ra­tions since Septem­ber and had pro­duced a va­ri­ety of colour­ful pieces to be hung on the ward’s Christ­mas tree.

‘‘We’re gift­ing them to the peo­ple who are go­ing to be in hos­pi­tal on Christ­mas day - hope­fully it gives some­one a bit of joy,’’ Kee-Sue said.

‘‘We thought we should give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.’’

The ladies were thanked by nurse man­ager Mikaela Shan­non and the hos­pi­tal’s ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor Deepa Chetty.

Ward One of the Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in New­town was also decked out in Christ­mas or­na­ments this week, thanks to Play Spe­cial­ist Me­gan Stothart and vol­un­teers from Spark and Con­tact En­ergy.

Me­tres and me­tres of tinsel dec­o­rate the ward, as well as three Christ­mas trees, and Santa vis­its al­most ev­ery­day. The dec­o­ra­tions have been well re­ceived by both par­ents and chil­dren at the hos­pi­tal.

Stothart said it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to have dec­o­ra­tions up for the chil­dren who have to stay in hos­pi­tal on Christ­mas Day.


From left, nurse man­ager Mikaela Shan­non, Em­broi­dery Club mem­bers Anne Brownie and Pat Kee-Sue, and Keneperu Hos­pi­tal ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor Deepa Chetty.

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